Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

June, 2004
Regional Report


Fruit Juice and Herb Jelly
Let your imagination run wild in experimenting with various combinations of fresh herbs, vinegars, and the many commercially available fruit juices. And these jellies aren't just for toast. Try them as a glaze or sauce with grilled meats, too.

2-1/2 cups bottled 100-percent fruit juice
1 cup fresh herbs, washed and dried
4 cups sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
3 ounces liquid pectin

In a heavy stainless-steel or enameled saucepan, bring the fruit juice to a boil. Add the herbs, cover, remove from heat, and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and combine the fruit juice and sugar in a large, heavy stainless-steel or enameled stock pot. Place over high heat and cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Stir in pectin. Continue cooking and stirring until the mixture reaches a ahard boil that can%t be stirred down. Cook for 1 more minute. Skim off any foam from the surface, then ladle into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims and firmly attach two-piece canning lids. Invert jars or follow directions for boiling-water method of preserving, boiling for 5 minutes.


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