Rasberry-Apple Jelly[Printer-friendly version of recipe]
1 lb apples
2 pints rasberries
2 cups water
sugar - be sure to use cane sugar not beet sugar
about 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Core and chop the apples. Put the cores aside. Put the chopped apples in a food processor with the rasberries and process until finely chopped.
Put the fruit in a stainless steel saucepan with the water and apple cores. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. The fruit should be soft.
Wet a jelly bag and then put it in the frame over a large pot. Pour the cooked fruit into the jelly bag and let drain over night. Don't push on the fruit, it will send pulp into the juice and make for cloudy jelly.
Measure the juice and add an equal amount of sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice per 2 cups juice. Bring to a boil and boil gently for 10 minutes. Skim any foam from the top with a fine mesh skimmer or spoon. Continue boiling until the boiling point is reached - 220 degrees.
Note to kind reader: There are many ways to tell if it has reached the gel point, including the plate test, the sheeting test and your grandmother's test. I have a very tough time making jelly. The only way I've been successful is to get in there with a candy thermometer and wait until it reaches 220 degrees. You go with what works for you.
Pour into sterilized jars to within 1/4" of the top.
See instructions for preparing and filling jars.
After filling jars, return to a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Take out and allow to cool. Jars should seal within the hour.
Yield: 6 - 8 oz. jars