Intro: How to Make Wine Jelly
Here are the instructions for making some great wine jelly. You can use any type of wine - red, white or rose, and it can be sweet or dry. If you like to drink it, you can use it in a jelly. I've used a ruby port that made a delicious jelly, but this Instructable uses an inexpensive blackberry wine since I wanted that blackberry flavor.
Step 1: Ingredients, Tools & Utensils
The ingredients are very easy & very few.
2 cups wine (Blackberry in this case)
3 1/4 cups sugar
1 pouch liquid pectin.
The pectin can be found in many supermarkets around the canning supplies, but you may have to hunt around for it. There is dry pectin and liquid pectin. The liquid comes 2 pouches to a box. The recipe uses only one, but this jelly is so good, you'll want to make another batch.
You're going to need 2 big pots, 1 smaller pot, large tongs for lifting jars, something to stir the jelly as it's cooking, canning jars with lids & bands. I used 4 jars, 1/2 pint (1 cup).
Some optional, but handy, tools are a canning rack, a large ladle, jar tongs, and a magnetic lid lifer. Unless you plan on doing a lot more canning, you can do without these.
Step 2: Getting Started
Wash all the jars, lids & bands in hot soapy water and rinse carefully. Put the jars in a large pot with enough water to cover the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Bring to a boil. This sterilizes the jars. Put the lids in a small pot with enough to cover. Bring that water to a little below a boil.
Measure out the wine and sugar. I like to cut top off of the pectin pack & put the pack in a glass or jar near the stove. This way, you can get the pectin quickly when it's needed.
Step 3: Let's Get Cooking!!
Put the sugar & wine in a large pot. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in the pectin, squeezing the pack to get it all out. Return to a full boil and cook for exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. I like to pour the hot liquid into a large measuring cup that has a lip to make pouring it easier. You can do it this way or use a ladle.
Step 4: Into the Jars
Remove the jars from the water, but keep the water hot. Leave the rims in the hot water until ready to use. Pour or ladle the liquid into the jars to within 1/4" from the top. Be careful - this stuff is hot. After wiping the rims clean, put the lids and the bands on the jars. Now you have to decide whether to process the jellies for storage at room temperature or else let them cool for fridge storage. If processed, they'll keep for up to 2 years in a cool, dark place. Or you can refrigerate unsealed jars up to 3 months.
Let's say you're going to process them for room temperature storage. Place jars on a rack in same pot the jars were in. Get the water at 180 degrees, somewhat below boiling, use a thermometer if you have one. If you don't have a canning rack, you can use a small round cake rack or even a a folded dish towel in the bottom of the pot. Heat the jars in the water, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Lift jars from water and set on a towel until cool. The jelly will set as it cools. Press the center of lids to test seal; if lids stay down, jars are sealed.
Step 5: Enjoy!!
That's all there is! Now enjoy! Use on crackers with cream cheese, or on hot biscuits!
Step 6: Full Recipe
VARIETAL WINE JELLY
2 cups wine (your choice)
3 1/4 cups sugar
1 pouch (3 oz.) liquid pectin
Wash and rinse 4 half-pint canning jars and metal rings; drain. Sterilize 4 new lids according to manufacturer's directions.
In a 5 to 6 quart pan mix wine with sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Return to a boil and cook for exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Ladle mixture into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims clean. Put lids and bands on jars. Screw tightly, don't force. At this point, process the jellies for storage at room temperature or else let them cool.
To process the jellies, place jars on a rack in a canning or other deep kettle of water at 180 degrees on a thermometer. If needed, add hot water to cover jars 1 to 2 inches. Return water to 180 degrees; maintain temperature, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Lift jars from water (do not tip) and set on a towel. Let stand until cool. Press center of lids to test seal; if lids stay down, jars are sealed. Serve jelly or store sealed jars in a cool, dark place up to 2 years. Refrigerate unsealed or opened jars up to 3 months. Makes 4 half-pints.