Got a bounty of mayhaw berries? Put 'em to good use in this sweet, delicious jelly—that also happens to be a Healthy Living recipe!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 96 servings
5 cups prepared juice (buy about 3 lb. fully ripe mayhaws)
5-1/2 cups water
3 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl, divided
1 box SURE-JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes Premium Fruit Pectin
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine
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Let's Make It
Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain jars well before filling.
Remove stems and blossom ends from mayhaws; place in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 min., stirring occasionally. Crush cooked mayhaws. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth or jelly bag in large bowl. Pour prepared fruit into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 5 cups juice into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. (If needed, add up to 1/2 cup water for exact measure.)
Mix 1/4 cup of the sugar (from the measured amount in the bowl) and pectin in small bowl. Add to juice in saucepot; mix well. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 2-3/4 cups sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
The mayhaw is the small round reddish fruit of the thorny hawthorne tree. The fruit resembles a crab apple.
How to Measure Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cup, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife.
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes about 6 (1-cup) jars or 96 servings, 1 Tbsp. each.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.