Apple Jelly Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) crab or cooking apples
  • 2 pints (1200 ml) water
  • Stick cinnamon or a few cloves or strips of lemon rind
  • 1 lb (450 g) of sugar per pint of juice obtained.

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Doreen @ 6:40 pm #

I decided to look up some jam recipes and found this site It is the best site I have found and I dont think I will find any better

Thank you

Deirdre Howe @ 9:43 am #

Straight away i found the recipe i wanted and to and for a change it was not over complicated….thank you!

Deepti @ 12:37 pm #

Excellent! Came out PERFECT…very pleased & have passed on this recipe to family.

Rosemary @ 2:42 pm #

I would like to add herbs to the jelly to make Mint, Rosemary or Thyme jelly. How do I go about it or specifically how much herbs would I put in?

adella Jackson @ 4:47 pm #

Fabulous recipe; even I could not get it wrong! It came out perfectly and I am so thrilled with the results that I'm currently making more. Plan to use it in my gravies because it will save on buying jelly from the shops. Can't wait to give redcurrant jelly a go next summer!

soyka @ 2:25 pm #

Making the apple jelly- How do you 'check for pectin'?

senga peacock @ 5:56 pm #

my husband fancied making apple jelly, as we have had an abundance of apples on our trees this year, so for quickness I went online and came up with this recipe, now I think there is a jam factory going onin my kitchen, he is having great success and adding all sorts as he goes, but more importantly, he is having fun as he goes, so keep coming up with simple but good recipes.

Tony McCormack @ 11:12 pm #

Afraid I messed up somewhere unable to get jelly to set.It is now cool but still watery. Any suggestions.Thanks Tony

Brian @ 3:31 am #

Fantastic collection of recipes ! I am away to make some apple jelly and hope it is just like mother used to make!

Mavis Jones @ 12:27 pm #

Val, I am not sure if these jelly recipes are jam with the seeds etc missing.I made the blackberry jelly and it is delicious. We don't eat a lot of pickles but do eat a lot of jam.By the way, your recipes are fantastic, so easy to follow. Well done.

Kathy Bird @ 5:40 pm #

What sugar should I use – preserving sugar, granulated, caster sugar substitute? It's something that frequently confuses me.

Michaela @ 9:57 am #

OMG!!! I have made some crab apple and rosehip jelly and put some cloves and cinnamon in too! The smell is divine. So christmassy!! Im going to give them as pressies in a little homemade hamper. The colour is so pretty too. Although you dont seem to get much juice of of these ingredients. I simmered for over an hour to extract the juice and make it pulpy. Always leave in jelly bag overnight, and last lot I made I only got 600mls!!! I managed to pot 3 x 8oz hez jars. Any tips on how to make more juice from this recipe????? I also have just strained some more juice last night and have only 500mls of juice. Is it possible to maybe do some other juice from say blackberries and mix it with the 500mls? As long as I can have 1200mls to mix 900gms of sugar with surely I will ok?

Sharon @ 12:21 pm #

is there an alternative to using a jelly bag? Can it just be strained through a strainer and does the juice need to be left overnight or is that just because you are using the bag?

Thanks

Annie @ 10:32 am #

I have just tried to make apple jelly jam and have it cooling at the moment. Waiting to see if its going to set but am a bit fearful it wont. Will follow the advice above though if it does not.

In answer to Sharon, I used muslin doubled up. I used my bath to lay a pole across and strung the muslin onto that and let it drip into a pot over night. Worked just fine :)

Annie

Jane @ 6:20 pm #

have had great fun with the jam and jelly making but last batch of apple and blackberry jam turned out rather solid. I used jam making sugar with added pectin …could that be the reason? I have used it in all my batches and they have been fine . Great web site thanks.

alice jahns @ 10:55 am #

Made apple jelly with royal gala and to one batch added 1 tabsp cinnamon. Its delicous and set good . The plain jelly however has not set . Should I add pectrin or re boil.
Used 4 lbs apples water to cover [about 2 pts] added 450 gr
sugar trying to work out where I went wrong ….any tips welcome

alice jahns @ 11:04 am #

How much jam should the above make , I only got 4 lb jars is that correct, its very sweet also , could I have added less sugar. Made blackberry jelly earlier and it was delicous. Started last year making apple and plum and we had some the other day and it has matured over the year and tastes much better.

Rotraut Anderson @ 10:06 pm #

For years now I have saved all the peelings and cores of cooking apples which I used in cakes, pies etc. after washing them well before use, bagged them up and put them into the freezer until I have enough to make a batch of apple jelly, usually 6lbs or less if I add brambles or some crab apples.
I like it best with some cloves added to the boiling skins which give the jelly a delicious fragrant flavour.
This way I do not just save what is otherwise a waste product, but a well filled freezer is cheaper to run than an almost empty one

claire lang @ 4:48 pm #

Just made a few pots of apple jelly, they are cooling now and seem to be jelling. I didn't have any pectin but I remembered my mother used lemons or some vinegar in her jams as they didn't know much about pectins when she was young. I am now 78 and I think my gran maybe did the same to sell in her little shop.

Steve Lawrence @ 11:05 am #

Tried this recipe yesterday with two pints of water and only got three quarters of a pint back out,!!! Maybe left it on the range for to long.Trying it again today with three pints..
I'll let you know how it goes..:)

Dianne Hockenhull @ 2:16 pm #

I made Rosemary and apple jelly years ago and I strained it using a clean teatowel. I tried this again last night and the juice was just sucked up by the tea towel. Should I have wet it before? Any suggestions?

paula stafford @ 2:45 pm #

Great recipe, I have added chilli flakes to a batch for a sweet and spicy version. Tastes lovely with pork.

mags @ 12:35 pm #

I used to do it all the proper way with a jelly bag, then realised I was NOT entering a W.I type competition, so I now use a colander, then a sieve. The longer you leave the juice to drip the more you have to make jelly with so overnight is worthwhile, but not essential. Crystal clear jelly needs a jelly bag !

tom @ 9:47 pm #

Great site . Just going to have a go at apple jelly. Can I freeze the finished jelly? thanks

jackie @ 10:15 am #

I tried the Apple Jelly recipe yesterday, but it has not set. We rapidly boiled it for much longer than probably necessary. Approx 20-30 mins! Not sure what to do abot it? Can I pour it back into a pan and retry. Or should I add something and reboil?

Joanne Jones @ 3:41 pm #

Fantastic recipe.
Did exactly what it was supposed to. I thought afterwards that it would look nice with a sprig of mint inside it, or maybe a little rosemary sprig. It would look very decorative. I love the colour, it looks like honey.

Annie @ 4:18 pm #

@jackie:

Reboil it and (carefully) add pectin. You can also add a little lemon juice, as the acidity helps it set.
Clean and resterilise jars and utensils before using again.

Rachel Swatton @ 9:25 am #

Hi First, thanks for the great recipes, Liking not having to peel and core! Second, a couple of tips on straining jelly.
1. Doesn't need to be a jelly bag – any fine weave fabric will do (baby muslin square, net curtain, cheap muslin available at most fabric shops). Use clothes pegs to fix it to the top of your saucepan or bowl.
2. Wet the cloth first, the juice will flow through rather than soak into the cloth.
3. to get maximum juice, leave overnight, then squeeze hard to extract as much juice as possible. If you don't mind it being cloudy, use as it is, but if you want it clear, simply empty the pulp, rinse the muslin and re-strain through a double layer. THIS WILL ONLY TAKE A COUPLE OF MINS TO DRAIN, NOT ANOTHER NIGHT!
Hope this helps!

Jane @ 11:33 am #

Having been looking for a (British) recipe ideally for apple cider jelly, came across this site and this recipe – MANY thanks! Easy to 'play' with recipe to get exactly what I want…and more importantly, didn't have to trawl through pages and pages of recipes I don't want to try and find the one I do! As they say "I will return'….

Mary Youngs @ 3:15 pm #

I want to make a batch of crab apple and mint jelly, and crab apple and sage.
My juice is ready strained, but am hoping for an answer to this before I boil it with the sugar.
I have heard that the sprigs should be added when almost set, but another source says the herbs will go mouldy which obviously I don't want.
Help ASAP, please.

jacqie Hitchcock @ 12:37 pm #

You saved my sanity!! grey matter is not as brilliant as before….but memory is not that bad, came up with the right measurements. Rosemary is in the liquid simmering on the hob, jars are sterilizing in the oven and ladle ready for use……………………………….Thank you

Lolli @ 3:00 pm #

I have to preserve any type of fruit for a school project and my gran told me about apple jelly. I found this site so I'm sure I'll get good marks now.

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