Yes Sugarless Homemade Organic Raspberry Jelly Sweetened with Honey!
This jelly contains no additives preservatives sugar and was made form home grown berries and honey.
Step 1: What You Need for This Instructable
4 Cups of berry juice (were using Red Raspberries)
1 cup Honey
4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons of No Sugar Pectin Powder
4 teaspoons Calcium Water
2 large pots
1 canning pot
some canning jars and equipment
a food strainer and 2 bowls
measuring cups and cooking utensils
Step 2: Step One: Gathering Your Ingredients
First you will need some berries i am growing a lot of them on my property pick them as they ripen and keep them frozen.
Then you will need some honey, i get my from the bees themselves, if your not a beekeeper find a local one and buy some honey form them.
Its just better honey, then store bought honey.
Pectin, i searched for a way to not use sugar in making jelly and found that if you use a special kind of pectin is possible. There were a couple of companies selling this pectin, i choose Pomona pectin specifically because they have a guide to use honey as a sweetener.http://www.pomonapectin.com
NOT because it is cheap, but you use a lot less of pectin its about one teaspoon a 8 oz jar.
i paid 50 bucks for a pound of this stuff, with shipping but i thought it worked great.
This pectin comes with packet of calcium this is mixed with water to make calcium water. (next step will show you how)
Lemon juice i would squeeze from real lemons but i forgo to buy some and had this juice.
Step 3: Step Two: Making the Calcium Water
With the pectin you get a packet of calcium powder, mixing this with water gives you calcium water.
One teaspoon Calcium Powder + One Cup Water Mixed in a jar, shake and store in fridge lasts a while throw out if it is settled too much.
Shake before you use it.
Step 4: Step Three: Making Berry Juice
i have this food strainer, this is well worth the low investment you can find used all the time at flea markets garage sales craigs list ebay.
And these machines work great berries go in juice comes out seeds skins are ejected out.
Assembly is pretty easy mount it to the table most have a screw clamp. handle, screw thing, spring, cone They make different cones for different things they do have one just for berries.
But a bowl under the cone funnel, and at the end to catch the seeds.
Once you start cramming the berries into the hopper at the top and turn the crank. The juice and pulp with start oozing out of the funnel and the seeds and stems will be coming out the end into another bowl.
Start cranking ! once you ran them through once do it again and a third, or fourth but after the second it gets harder.
This will get out every last bit of juice from the berries. Then use a spatula to scrap off the pulp from the cone.
IF YOU DONT HAVE A FOOD STRAINER.
you should really think abotu getting one, but you can mash the berries and strain the juice from them with a cheese cloth.
Step 5: Step Four: Setting Up Your Canning Stuff
OK your going to have the biggest pot or a canning pot that will have a metal rack to hold the jars off the bottom .
Then you need a pot to boil the metal lids. And a third big pot to boil the jelly.
Ok now fill the two pots with water put them on the stove, put them on high CAREFULLY put in the jars, in the one pot a the lids in the other smaller pot. Just let them boil turn it down if you start to lose too much water. Make sure the water is covering the jars at all time.
Step 6: Step Five: Cooking the Juice Into Jelly
Ok now you got your jars and lids in boiling water
Take one cup of pure honey straight from the hive, (or if you don't have bee's then any other honey will do) And stir in 2 teaspoons of the pectin powder , mix it very well and set it aside.
take your third pot and add
4 Cups of the strained berry juice
4 tablespoons of Lemon juice
4 teaspoons of the calcium water (not the powder the water solution you made and have in the fridge)
Have your thermometer in the pot at all times, make sure to bring mixture to a boil and stir for 15 minutes keeping it at 200 degrees.
After 15 minutes of constant 200 degrees, add your Honey Pectin. Making sure to stir this in very well and using all of it.
Then Bring back up to a boil and Keep it at 200 for another 15 minutes. Until it starts to gel you will be seeing skin start to form on top and you can use the "spoon method" were you take a spoon in cold water dip it in the cooked jelly it should not drip off the spoon but the drips should form a sheet as it sets up.
Now pour it through a strainer to get all the clumps and stray seeds out.
Step 7: Step Six: Jarring the Jelly
Now that your jelly is cooked and thickening remove the jars from the hot water with the jar tongs, in your canning kit. Use a funnel to pour the hot jelly into each jar.
Use your magnet on a stick to get the hot lids from the boiling water, then screw on the lid "finger tight".
Then put them back into the canning pot on the metal rack, and plunge them back in the boiling water for another 20 minutes.
After that remove the jelly filled jar from the hot water bath and place them on a towel. Soon you will hear the POP. This means you did everything right and your jelly is sealed let this sit over night to cool down and enjoy.
I'm using 9 oz hex jars with the lug lids, most use the 2 part lids i and canning this for sale so i use fancier jars and lids.
Also made labels printed on refrigerator magnetic backing, so they just stick to the lid. Then they can be easily removed and stuck to your refrigerator.