American Beautyberry Jelly: Ingredients question

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American Beautyberry Jelly

By greene
November 28, 2013

Jelly can be made using Callicarpa Americana - American Beautyberry. It's all-American and easier than apple pie.

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phdler
Nov 30, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Sounds great! How much sugar? Can you pick and use the berries after a couple of freezes or must they be harvested before a frost? Thank you.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Oct 16, 2014 4:53 AM CST
@phdler, I found the recipe at this site which calls for 4-1/2 cups sugar.

http://www.eattheweeds.com/beautyberry-jelly-on-a-roll/

Not sure if my one bush will produce 1-1/2 quarts of berries, they are so small, but I sure would like to try this someday.
Vickie
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Name: Greene
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greene
Oct 16, 2014 8:10 AM CST
When I wrote this article I wanted people to know that a jelly can be made from the fruit of the American Beautyberry. The article is not a recipe exactly, just shows the basic steps of jelly making and shows the pretty the color of the finished jelly.

As for sugar, so many people have their own ideas about which type of sugar to use in their life, I left that part open to interpretation. Sugar in the US usually means it comes from sugar cane, but sugar can also be made from other plants such as beets, palm, coconut...the list goes on. I use a Mexican-grown sugar which is Zulka brand, minimally processed, grown on family farms - buying this sugar helps real people. http://zulka.com/our-story/
Note: you can pay a lot of money for this if you shop on-line...or, you can just buy it where I do, at Walmart. Rolling on the floor laughing

The amount of sugar can vary in jelly recipes and the fruit itself can vary with each batch. It is up the the jelly maker to decide. Some people do not use sugar but substitute honey - doing this will alter the taste, texture and gel set. In the article I suggested adding some apples which will help the jelly to 'set up' or to 'gel'; the apples also add some natural sweetness.

If your beautyberry bush does not produce enough fruit, I suggest first to look for some 'in the wild', and second just add apples to make up the shortage.
Please post photos of your jelly when you make it, thanks. Thumbs up

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 16, 2014 11:44 AM CST
I am one of those people who has to follow a recipe exactly until I feel comfortable enough that I can guesstimate or substitute. I haven't made jelly in about 30 years, so I had to have at least a starting point on how much sugar to use.

That is a good idea to add more apple juice if there is not enough BB juice. We have had so much rain this past week, I haven't been outside to see if the berries are ripe enough yet, but if I do make some, I will certainly post a picture here, Thumbs up
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 16, 2014 2:23 PM CST
Hurray! Thumbs up
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