Ruth Feeney's Blackberry Jelly
Yield: 4 pintsRuth no longer processes her jars in a hot-water bath, but instead runs them through the dishwasher and takes them out just after the cycle is done, so they’re still hot and sterilized. If your dishwasher gets hot enough, this is a good method; otherwise boil the jars and lids. (For links to canning and pickling instructions and tips, go to: YankeeMagazine.com) Ruth also seals her jars with paraffin, eliminating the need for water processing. You may also use the following recipe to make elderberry jelly, if you have a good and trusted source. (Ruth picks hers on the banks of the Androscoggin River.) She calls elderberry the “Cadillac” of jellies and says it makes a great gift.
Ingredients:2 cups water (approximately)
3 quarts freshly picked, cultivated blackberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 package (1.75 ounces) powdered pectin
5 cups sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Pour about 2 cups water into a large stock- or soup pot. Add berries and crush them with a potato masher. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.
Now layer a sieve with cheesecloth, hold over a bowl, add berry mixture, and let the juice drain into the bowl. (Make sure no seeds get through.) This should yield about 3