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SOLA
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Member since Mar 2014
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Need help with making jelly please
Tried making jelly for the first time. I didn’t have all of the bath stuff to soak the jars afterwards, but I was planning on keeping them in the refrigerator anyway. Put them in the refrigerator, but they didn’t jell up right. Left one out last night and it did jell up. Is it ok to take them out and then put them back in the refrigerator? TIA


gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Need help with making jelly please
Did you use any type pectin to help them set? The more pectin you use the harder the jelly sets and it all depends on how firm you want your preserves.

Some fruits have natural pectin and will set to a "soft set" stage where you can easily spoon it out and it will kind of run, while other fruits will not set and stay very fluid without using pectin.

As for the hot water bath, just use a large enough pot to cover the jars by 1 inch, get the water temperature up to around 200 and let pint jars in the bath for at least 15 minutes before removing and set on the counter on a towel to cool. This is when they form a vacuum and seal and you can store them in a pantry instead of taking up fridge space.

Oh, and if you have "hard water" put a 1/4 cup of vinegar in the pot to keep the jars from clouding on the outside from minerals when they cool. I have to do this in N.O. or I'm wiping off the outsides of the jars to remove the dull coating it leaves.


SOLA
There
Member since Mar 2014
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re: Need help with making jelly please
Thanks, yes I used a package of pectin.
Next time I’ll just bathe them in a large pot like you said.
Any advice on how to save them now?


gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Need help with making jelly please
I've never done it, but I've heard you can remove the jelly from the jars, reheat it and add more pectin, put it back in the jars and use the hot bath method to get the jars to seal right.

Maybe google to see how this is done for sure to not make any mistakes.

Oh, and clean the jars once the jelly has been removed like starting off new.


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brmach
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Member since Aug 2012
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re: Need help with making jelly please
It doesn’t make sense to me that it would firm up at room temperature, but not in the refrigerator. Some jellies just take longer to set up. Make sure you’re using the right amounts of juice, pectin, and sugar, go in the right order, and make sure you cook each step the appropriate length of time. Make sure you have a deep sided pot so that you can stir it hard enough to keep it from boiling over.

As to the hot water bath, it’s really not necessary with self sealing jars. I like to heat up the inner lids in hot water before putting them on. Be quick about filling your jars because the hotter the contents, the better the seal. Make sure to wipe the lip of the jar before you put the lid on. Some people like to turn the jars over while they’re sealing. I guess it helps to keep the hot contents closer to the lid.


hungryone
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: Need help with making jelly please
Room temp vs fridge won't impact the set of a jelly. Pectin, heat, acid: that's what makes it gel.
Here's a good guide to remaking a jelly that didn't set: LINK


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HECM62
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Member since May 2016
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re: Need help with making jelly please
You are correct. There is no reason to waterbath jelly if you jar them when the jelly is still hot enough to burn the hell out of you fingers while you wipe the top of the jar. Also, I turn mine upside down for about 2 or 3 minutes as soon as I put the ring on.


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