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Making apple jelly

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AngelDog Wed 28-Sep-11 22:03:10

Should I use funny sugar (preserving / granulated) or just caster?

I've made some with caster but I didn't know if it'd turn out better with another sort. I'm making Christmas presents! smile

applejelly Wed 28-Sep-11 22:38:28

I've no idea but just thought I would say hello smile

I probably should know though...

Caster sugar is fine as apples are high in pectin. Please put me on your list for a jar grin

applejelly Wed 28-Sep-11 22:43:33

I have just looked in my River Cottage Preserves book, and as apples are high in pectin you don't need preserving sugar - granulated will do the job fine.

Perhaps I should make some too so that my name actually makes sense smile

AngelDog Thu 29-Sep-11 07:48:25


vixsatis Fri 30-Sep-11 12:04:54

Agree no need for preserving sugar. Apple and chilli jelly is good too- just add finely chopped red chillies

AngelDog Fri 30-Sep-11 14:39:34

Great, thanks. smile

AngelDog Sun 02-Oct-11 22:31:15

Okay, I need some more help now. My next lot of jelly hasn't really set. What can I do about it?

I'm all confused as I did the same things as the first batch, except for using different apples (I think) and adding some lemon juice.

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 02-Oct-11 22:37:35

okay you need expert help, as when this happened to me I re boiled and made apple toffee hmm

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 02-Oct-11 23:04:20

bumping for cheffy types

AngelDog Sun 02-Oct-11 23:04:49

Thanks! smile

AngelDog Sun 02-Oct-11 23:05:32

...although apple toffee sounds tasty too. grin

Re-heat and try letting it boil for a little longer. If it still seems watery, add some pectin (sugar or liquid). Make sure you don't add too much or it could go the other way. Sterilise the jars and re-pot as before,

AngelDog Mon 03-Oct-11 13:26:06

Thanks, I'll give that a go this evening if I can.

AngelDog Mon 03-Oct-11 20:40:44

Where can I get pectin from? I had a look in Sainsbury's today in both the jam & home baking sections but I couldn't see any.

Silver Spoon's website say they stock it at Asda, Morrisons and Co-Op - this is the powder one.

Or you can get Certo which is a liquid pectin at Sainsbury's.

Sorry not to answer earlier, I've only just seen this.

AngelDog Mon 03-Oct-11 21:57:27

Thanks, I'll keep an eye open.

I've just re-boiled (without pectin) and it seems to be setting. smile

electricslide Tue 04-Oct-11 17:27:14

How do you use apple jelly? I'm nit sure I've ever tasted it.

AngelDog Wed 05-Oct-11 17:42:35

It's quite sweet, although a bit of lemon juice helps that.

I think you can use it like jam, or with cold meats or cheese. Someone suggested adding finely chopped red chillies for apple & chilli jelly. I've mainly eaten it with a spoon out of the jar so far. blush

frenchfancy Wed 05-Oct-11 18:40:52

I eat mine on toast instead of marmalade, delicious.

LadyGrace Wed 05-Oct-11 19:08:42

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