Rhubarb Jelly - Smith "Nature Friendly" Farm

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Rhubarb Jelly

Rhubarb Jelly
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This is a tasty and very easy beginner jelly recipe. This is the first jelly I ever made. Rhubarb is so  easy to grow and produces so much that you need to find recipes to make use of all of it's goodness and this is just one of the ways.

I recommend the following tools for this recipe:
Large boil pot
Canning jars
1 package liquid gelatin
1 package strawberry jello
Jar Lifter
Canning Funnel


Rhubarb Jelly

  • 5 cups of chopped Rhubarb

  • 4 cups of white sugar

  • 1 package liquid pectin

  • 1 package of strawberry jello


Step 1: Jar sterilization
I wash my jars then place them in a boiling pot of water for 10 minutes. I boil the lids but not the rings. The rings should not come in contact with your jelly. In fact if you seal your jelly correctly you won't even need your rings (although I still use them). Once they are all sterilized I place them on a clean towel off to the side.

Step 2: Making the Jelly
In a large pot (I highly recommend a Paul Deen no stick pot for this) add combine Rhubarb and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir frequently. Remove from heat and stir in Pectin and Strawberry jello.

Step 3: Jarring
Add mixture to sterilized jars. Ensure rims are kept clean to prevent mold. I use a jarring funnel to help prevent a mess and having to wipe rims. Place on lids (always use new lids) and put on the ring. Ring should be loosely tightened, no need to use heroics to seal. In fact if you tighten too much they may not seal properly. In a good seal the lid will suction onto the jar and you can remove the ring entirely if you want.

Step 4: Sealing
To ensure a good seal place lidded and filled jars into a pot of boiling water to boil. Time varies based on your altitude, there is a good little chart on page 6 of this PDF to determine your boil time.


Notes:

If after you boil your jelly to seal them, they become runny don't worry.
Give them time to cool off and they will firm up.

If the lids don't pop in the boiling process.
The lids may seel & pop a few hours after the boil process.

What you should worry about.
If the lid does not pop the next day. This jar did not seal correctly. You can try again to boil and seal, or place it in the fridge to be eaten first.

How do you know your jar is sealed?
You know your jar is sealed when the center can no longer be pushing in and out. When it is sealed properly the lid is firm on the top and sucked into the jar ever so slightly. You should be able to remove the ring and the lid will not come off without some prying.

Always refrigerate your jelly after the seal has been broken.


   

 

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