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Mayapple Jelly

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Category: Fruit, Canning

 Ingredients List

  • 1 3/4 c Mayapple juice; strained
  • 1/8 c Lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 c Sugar
  • 3 oz Liquid fruit pectin


Wash ripe mayapples, cut away the stem and blossom ends, and any waste
parts. Cut the fruit into pieces and place in a large kettle with water to
cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer until mayapples are tender, mashing
during cooking. Strain the juice through a cheesecloth or let it drip
through a jelly bag.

To the strained mayapple juice, add lemon juice and sugar. Bring the
mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in pectin. Again bring to
a boil, stirring constantly, and boil hard until the jelly stage is
reached. Remove jelly from heat, skim, and pour into hot, sterilized jelly
glasses. Seal at once with hot paraffin.

Double the recipe if you have plenty of mayapple juice. The amount used in
this recipe is the yield of about 2 cups of sliced mayapples simmered in 3
cups of water.

Yield: Four small glasses of pale amber jelly with an almost tropical

Serve mayapple jelly on hot breads or for a dessert with cream cheese and
soda crackers.

Note: While the author says to seal the jars with paraffin, I think this
method is no longer recommended by canning experts, and I'd process in a
hot water bath instead.

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