A good friend of mine bought some jelly somewhere and she loved it… and she wanted to clone it. Well, she asked me to do it and I never even tasted the jelly but I thought I’d give it a go.
So, here is what I did:
5 cups fresh apple juice (although they call it cider, because it’s not filtered or preserved in any way)
2 cups Pomegranate juice (store bought: Pom Juice with no additives or sugar)
10 oz dried cranberries (I used two 5 oz pkgs of Craisins)(they have added sugar and oil, so not a good diet food)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
10 cups sugar
1 pouch liquid Certo
Put sugar in pan and then added the craisins, pom juice and apple cider. Start stirring and then bring to a boil and cook until all the dried cranberries have plumped up. Add Certo and boil for another 3 min. I wanted to make sure it would set up, and I was worried so I checked it twice by dribbling a bit on a cold saucer. It sets up just fine. Just cook it plenty to plump up those dried cranberries.
Ladle into prepared jars etc, like you normally would do with jelly or jam. The cranberries will float, so the last few jars may not have any in. This recipe made 12 half pint jars and a little left in the pan!
How I would change this recipe:
Use more cranberries! And chop the heck out of them first. Oh, and then soak them in apple juice overnight to plump up. Then I would measure the juice and cranberries to get a better idea of how much I was making. I think I’d water down the fresh apple juice by about 1/3 and use more pomegranate juice, too. Plus, because I didn’t know this was a Hot Pepper Jelly… I’d put in way more hot pepper flakes…. or just go down to my garden and get a couple red jalapenos. I’d up the dried pepper flakes to at least 1 teaspoon, though.
When or IF I try this again, this is what I will do:
Big bag of generic dried cranberries, chopped (I don’t remember the size but it was a nice big bag)
Apple juice to cover those and soak overnight, but no more than just to cover and soak. Measure this and make sure it’s about 4 cups. Then add a cup of water to thin out the apple juice a bit.
16 oz. Pom juice
1 teaspoon or more of red pepper flakes.
Sugar and pectin. Sugar should be about 9 cups to 7 cups of fruit mix. You can adjust but if you go way over it may not set. If you use too much pectin with too little fruit mix, your jelly will be hard as a rock. This is general for anything with apple juice, which has plenty of pectin. I never do things in a small way… so this recipe will probably be a full case of half pints.
Measure apple/cran mix to be about 5 cups and add pom juice. Add sugar to equal 2 cups more. (9 cups) Bring to boil, cook until full rolling and add certo. Boil until it tests to set, and then fill canning jars as usual and process etc.
Oh, and if you make this you HAVE to post back here how you liked it, if you liked it or not. :)
Your mileage may vary, this may not pertain to you… but if you make this and hate it, don’t come crying.
Oh, PS! I think this will make a lovely ham glaze!
Quick, before I head to bed. :)
I made a clock for my MIL Patsy back in May, and took it to her when I visited June 1. But I had a hard time with it… I got carried away with stickers and it looked like something a child would do. I had to do it over before it was acceptable to be a gift. Patsy still has the little CD dragonfly clock I made her years and years ago… it no longer works, but it goes with another wall decoration so well that it still is hanging. I was going to just replace the clock works, but I decided to make her a new clock.
Anyhow… photos please! This is of the first version, and missing quite a few stickers because I forgot to take a photo before starting to take it apart. Ugly!
Some bits I liked… like the one multi butterfly stamp I’ve had for years. I have LOTS of ink colors and how about just a giant flock of butterflies? So that’s what I did.
The whole clock set up was from a framed and glassed in clock that didn’t work… I repainted the frame and cleaned the whole thing up nice and replaced the clock works. On the back now is the stamping from the first version along with my little printing along the bottom with names and dates.
Oh, and I did the stamping on white mulberry paper with Brilliance ink and then adhered it to white painted fiberboard with Golden Gel Medium. That gel medium was the perfect thing to glue the paper down with.
Sorry I forgot to take any photos of the completed clock in the frame and all… but at least you get to see my infantile efforts at being an artist. :)
Crazy. Just absolutely crazy. Yes, it’s been some odd weather patterns this year, but still… not THIS odd. Hard freeze in early April after everything is growing? Yes, had that happen a few years ago. All the tree leaves turned black that year, and every wild animal that eats leaves was VERY hungry that spring. It all came back, though. Most trees can make a second set of leaves.
But snow in MAY? Not ever that anyone can remember, not here. Well, we got some. 2 to 3 inches in some places, and we were closer to 3. 8 miles south they barely had a dusting. I drove to work with snow all over my car and they had no snow at work.
I posted a photo similar to this on FB, but here for blog readers… :)
I was absolutely disgusted this morning. I was worried about my flowers: Peonies and such, I’m thinking they are gonna get clobbered by this wet heavy snow. But by afternoon only some patches of grass were still flattened. Everything seems fine, even my geranium in a pot by the front porch. Nothing really froze like if we had a week of that sub zero north wind.
Other news: the pink dogwood tree is DEAD. It was fine, with buds opening and now it’s just dead. The lady at one nursery told me they won’t sell them any more because they die… but I’ve seen mature ones around here in all their pink glory. We take good care of newly planted trees so I dunno what is up. Can’t find the receipt of course… or a replacement, either, from where we bought it. Dang it! If I can find one I’ll just put in another white dogwood I guess… but I really wanted a pink one for Sadie.
BunBun has tick fever, but good antibiotics will take care of that. It’s amazing how even just one dose of some doggy pain reliever and antibiotic will make a dog feel better. It’s like a different dog the next day… and yes, we know to give her all her meds. I was going to switch the dogs to a pill for fleas and such, but I didn’t know about a newer med that applies like TopSpot and also keeps all the internal vermin away. Plus that Trifexis stuff doesn’t do anything about ticks and that IS a bigger problem here than fleas or anything else. I’m not letting the dogs run off into the woods for hours anymore, either… never liked them to do that before and the cure is to leash one of them. The other dog gets to run free, but won’t go far without a partner in crime. :) Alternate them, so one pup gets a bit more exercise.
Anyhow. I blogged on my birthday but no one commented… which makes me think no one saw it, lol! Had a nice day, too, even if I was up early cleaning and cooking. Off now to find some dinner before I’m back here for chat in an hour or so…
Because I’m a slow typer I haven’t been posting much to the blog here. Most things aren’t worth blogging about, anyhow… and that’s what FB is for: short bits.
I haven’t been crafting much lately even though I have projects in process. I’m making a couple of clocks. One is to put out in the shed since I don’t wear a watch. That one has been in my head for a couple years now, LOL! I have the clock face background painted and that is all. Oh, and the bit cut out to fit the clock works into. Theme for that one is “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere”. Bottle caps and beer labels!
The second clock I just started on. It’s a replacement clock for my MIL Patsy. The one I made her years ago has quit working and instead of just replacing the movement for her, I decided to make a whole new clock. This one will have stamping and stickers and such. Not going to say more in case she reads here. :)
I’ve also got a picture frame in the works… one that I want to fill with photos of our grandson Aiden. He can be a hard kid to photograph as he always seems to be looking in another direction. Candice can help me out with photos, however. I’m thinking I’ll put pictures in from the time he was born up to now… and then as he gets older I’ll do more frames like that.
One thing I have finished lately is some sewing. I made a pair of pants for myself. They are HUGE. The measurements are WAY off on patterns and it’s been so long since I’ve sewn clothing for myself that I forgot that. Way comfortable, though. Nice cotton flannel in a midnight blue tiny print. I should have got a pattern with pockets, though. Maybe next time. At least I’ll know to go a size down, hah!
Beer brewing has commenced here at Wooton Farms. I boiled up a Red Ale a few weeks ago. Bottled it last weekend. Tasted the 1/2 bottle that was left over and liked it, even uncarbonated. If you aren’t familiar with homebrew then you probably don’t know that it needs to be “bottle conditioned”. That just means you add a bit of sugar at bottling to reactivate the yeast. The yeast create CO2, and because it can’t escape from the bottle you have bubbly beer. Generally takes about 2 weeks to condition fully, so there won’t be any homebrew drinking until then. Well, except that I put a bottle in the fridge to try out later today.
I’ve also got some wine bubbling along in a fermenter in the kitchen. Made up my own recipe: Zinfandel Blush and Cherry Puree. Only meant it to be a 3.5 gallon batch, but forgot that adding sugar would expand the volume. That’s okay, I do have an extra gallon jug. What I don’t have at this point is empty wine bottles. Not a big deal, it’ll be awhile before the wine is ready to bottle.
On the gardening front, well… it’s been a odd spring. Too cold and wet to plant potatoes on St. Patricks day. Too cold and wet to plant anything, really. Ron just got the garden started this week. Eight tomato plants, four bell pepper plants, four jalapeno plants and four cabbage plants. Plus a whole long row of potatoes. Then of course the temps drop down into the 30s, so we had to cover up the tomatoes and peppers with buckets and styrofoam coolers. Ground is still too cold to plant anything like corn, beans or squash. Very odd weather! Last year we had corn and beans planted April 1st!
We put in 4 fruit trees this year: 2 pears and 2 plums. Hopefully in a few years I can be making pear wine and plum wine, along with pear butter and plum jelly. Until I started making wine I wouldn’t have put in fruit trees because of what to do with all the fruit. I can only make so much jam and jelly. Really, I only started making wine in self defense to use up some of the blackberries. I’d already planted grapes, more for eating and jelly… and with the wine making I guess I’ll be able to use those up instead of selling them/giving them away.
For the flowering parts of the garden, well the news is that all 3 of my peonies have come up. I was worried about one of them, but it’s finally stuck some sprouts out. None of the three have ever bloomed so far, so back in January I fed them with super phosphate. One has buds. The tree peony that was gifted to me and then got stepped on… well, nothing is happening. It may still come up, it’s been pretty chilly. Not counting on it, though. Sigh. The pink dogwood that we just planted has buds that are starting to open, and the white dogwood that we planted last year actually set a few buds, too. Those are opening, also. Usually the wild dogwoods start showing in the woods about this time, so I am encouraged that maybe Spring is going to stick around.
Soon my clematis will be blooming, and that will last for weeks. Tulips didn’t do well this year, only 4 flowers from what was a dozen bulbs. The other patch of tulips didn’t come up at all! The southern tulips did okay, though. Those are widely spaced, I hope they multiply and fill in. Mixed daffodils that I planted last fall came up really late: they are still working on flowering! The tiger lilies are going crazy and have expanded their bit of garden bed to enclose a stargazer lily that probably won’t bloom after being choked like that, hah. Lunaria is starting to bloom and 4 o’clocks are starting to sprout… mostly outside of the flower beds, of course. Enough will come up in the beds that I won’t worry if Ron mows down the rest of em. Soon it will be time for the iris to bloom and that will be lovely.
Well. People are coming over later and I still have housework to get done.
Edit: Surprise, surprise! I was looking in the wrong place for my tree peony! It’s up and doing quite well, if a bit surrounded by weeds which is how I was missing it. I was looking where I’d stuck the broken off bit into the ground and 8 inches over is where the peony actually came up. I’m so happy! What a wonderful birthday gift! :)