Jams & Jellies

Black Currant Jam (makes about 7 cups)

- 5 pints black currants (about 3.75 lb.)
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 package sure-jell light

Crush berries. If desired, you may juice ½ of the berries, or press through a sieve for a smoother-textured jam. Place fruit in a 6- or 8- quart saucepan. In a separate small bowl, combine ¼ cup sugar with sure-jell. Add sure-jell mix into black currants and bring mixture to a rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in remaining 3¾ cups sugar, return to a boil, and boil 1 minute while stirring constantly. Ladle into prepared jars, leaving ⅛-inch headroom. Seal and process 10 minutes. Store in a cool, dry, dark place up to 1 year.

Adapted from Sure-Jell official recipe inserts

Blueberry Jam (makes about 9 cups)

- 5 pints blueberries (about 3.75 lb.)
- 4½ cups sugar
- 1 package sure-jell light

Discard stems and place in blender. Pulse to evenly chop, but do not puree. Place fruit in a 6- or 8- quart saucepan. In a separate small bowl, combine ¼ cup sugar with sure-jell. Add sure-jell mix into black currants and bring mixture to a rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in remaining 4¼ cups sugar, return to a boil, and boil 1 minute while stirring constantly. Ladle into prepared jars, leaving ⅛-inch headroom. Seal and process 10 minutes. Store in a cool, dry, dark place up to 1 year.

Adapted from Sure-Jell official recipe inserts

Elderberry Jelly (makes about 5 cups)

- 3 cups elderberry juice (from approximately 3 lbs. elderberries)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 box sure-jell
- 1 tsp. butter (optional - to reduce foaming)
- 4½ cups sugar

Place elderberry juice into 6- or 8-quart saucepan and add lemon juice. Slowly stir in sure-jell and butter, if using. Bring mixture to a rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar, return to a boil, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, skim off foam, and pack into prepared jars, leaving ¼ inch headroom. Seal and process 5 minutes. Store in a cool, dry, dark place up to 1 year.

Adapted from Sure-Jell official recipe inserts

 

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