Apple Mint Jelly Recipe

Apple Mint Jelly Recipes

Ingredients :

1 cup fresh mint leaves or several varieties of mint

1 gallon unsweetened fresh apple cider with no additives

Method :

Wrap the mint in a double layer of cheesecloth and close tightly with a knot. Place the cider in a large heavy pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and add the mint bundle. Let the cider cook over moderately low heat at a low, rolling boil until it reduces to 2 cups and coats the back of a spoon, about 2 hours. Press down on the cheesecloth every 30 minutes to extract the mint flavor.

Discard the mint bundle and pour the jelly into a sterilized canning or jelly jar, using a spatula to get the last bit of jelly out of the pot. Let cool to room temperature and seal the jars. The jelly will keep for about a month or can be processed and canned.

Makes 2 cups

Unlike traditional mint jelly, which is loaded with sugar, this recipe, is made by simply boiling a gallon of apple cider with a handful of fresh mint leaves until thick. The result is a minty apple-flavored jelly full of only natural ingredients - no added sugar, pectin, or preservatives. You will need to keep a close eye on the mixture toward the end of the cooking time. The jelly tends to thicken quickly, You want to avoid caramelizing the jelly or letting it get too thick. This is the classic accompaniment to roast leg of lamb, but it goes equally well with roast chicken or pork. We also like to make a Cheddar cheese and cucumber sandwich on thinly sliced black bread with a dab of mint jelly. It may sound odd, but give it a try.

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