Making jelly is one of the easiest things I have ever done for food storage and you can use it in every meal. You can use jelly for breakfast on toast, or any bread, or you can use it making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch or you can use jelly as a glaze for meats for dinner. Today I made spearmint jelly.
To make Spearmint jelly you will need :
3 cups of spearmint leaves
4 cups of sugar
1 box fruit pectin
2-3 drops green food color ( optional)
Canning jars and lids.
Rinse spearmint leaves in cold water, gently.
In a large cooking pot bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil, add spearmint leaves and mash/ bruise to release the natural oils. Cover and let set for several hours to make its own tea.
Clean you jars and lids according to the manufacturers directions.
Measure sugar and put into a bowl, set aside.
Strain 4 cups of prepared spearmint tea in a large cooking pot ( I use stainless steel) and add food color and one box of fruit pectin, bring to a rolling boil.
Add sugar and stir till melted, bring mixture to a rolling boil that you cannot stir down and cook for one minute.
Remove from heat and carefully ladle into jars.
Wipe rim of jars clean and apply lids.
Process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.
Makes seven 1/2 pints.
Spearmint is a plant that grows so nicely here in Central Alabama, we have a long growing season and it thrives with little care. I started out with a small plant and now its covered the entire bed that I put it in and is creeping into the grass. I really don`t mind this invasive plant because I can cook with it so many ways or add it to drinks. Plus when the lawn mower runs over it the smell lingers for a good long time. I have been told it can be used as rodent control but have not tested this out, yet.
By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry