Friday, August 7, 2015

Homemade Mint Jelly Recipe

Now I have to admit,  I totally thought this was gonna be nasty.  I was very suprised to not only like this jelly myself, but my boy absolutely LOVES it.  Now I know, traditionally this jelly is used on lamb, and many people say cream cheese and crackers, but I think the best place for this concoction will be warmed up and drizzled on some ice cream.

Lets make this, shall we?

What you will need:
-1 1/2 cups of fresh mint leaves
3 1/4 cups of water
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 (1.75 oz.) box of pectin
4 cups of sugar
2-3 drops of green food coloring (technically optional)

Crush the leaves and boil them in the water for about 5 minutes. after turning off the burner, let the pot steep for about 10 more minutes.

Strain the mint infused water to remove all of the leaves, leaving only the liquid. The liquid will be a lightish, greenish, brownish. 

Replace that liquid to the burner. Stir in 2-3 drops of green food coloring if you choose to.  You may certainly omit this part, but then the jelly isn't nearly as cool as mine is.

 Stir in the box of pectin and the lemon juice as well.

Just before the liquid begins to boil, dump in the 4 cups of sugar and keeeeeeep mixing.

After you have reached one minute of a rolling boil,  turn the burner off and let the pot sit for a minute or two. 

All of the foam will rise to the top and cool, allowing you to easily skim it off with a spoon.

Then ladle into your pre-heated jars and process them for 8-10 minutes in a water bath.

Oh my god,  you seriously thought this was gonna be a lot harder didn't you?