Making Wine Jelly
We live in Canada’s wine belt (well, truthfully just East). And today we made some wine jelly. We have made fruit and wine jellies and herb and wine jellies, but never just wine. Wine jelly only requires the most basic ingredients: sugar, pectin, lemon juice, and wine. Click here for the recipe.
You only need to use one bottle of wine, but I have a secret, before I start (while the canner is heating up to sterilize the jars), I take 1 cup of wine and boil it to reduce it. This adds a shot of the wine flavor to the jelly you can’t get any other way!
With the red Wine Jelly, I am using powdered pectin. I pour the lemon juice the wine and the reduced wine into the pot and wisk in the pectin. It is important to get it well blended our your jelly will have super jel chunks.
The pot the goes on the stove and the wine, lemon juice and pectin mix is brought to a full rolling boil (that you can’t stir down). You add the sugar slowly, and try to keep the jelly boiling and once all the sugar has been added, You bring it to a full rolling boil for at least one minute.
After the minute, I turn the heat off under the jelly. I take the hot sterilized jars out of the canner and put them in the sink. The lids are all ready, the ladle and the funnel have been in the boiling water bath with the jars and are now in the lid pot.
Everything is ready to put the jelly pot on the sideboard and ladle the jelly into the jars.
The rims are wiped with a clean damp paper towel and the lids are put on then back into the canner the jars go.
Once the water boils, the jars are canned for 10minutes. That is enough time to wash the all the pots, utensils and cups. Then the water is turned off under the canner and 5 minutes later the jars are taken out of the canner and left to cool on a towel on the table.
The color of this jelly is gorgeous!
Here is a shot – looking into the sun!
Also in our back yard is a dancing dog!
And Finally, the Taste Test! A glass of the wine, with crackers, cream cheese and the wine jelly! There is nothing like a jelly that goes with the wine!
It was 30 c (that’s 86F) today! I think the kitchen is at least 100!