Ever since I was little I have always been drawn to anything raspberry flavored and jelly is no exception! Although, after you have some true, homemade red raspberry jelly, you just can’t buy a jar from the store anymore. It’s just no where near the quality of my Meme’s Red Raspberry Jelly! We have been making it and canning it together for years and it is so much fun and it will definitely always be a special memory I will always cherish!
I figured now would be a perfect time to share it with all of you since we are all stuck inside and looking for things to do. So if you’re up for the challenge of making the BEST homemade jelly (and canning it!) then this post is for you!
I love having a lot of homemade canned goods in my pantry because it’s always nice to have during times like this when you don’t want to visit the grocery store as frequently. One of my favorite things is being able to stock up my freezer too, which you can read all about My Top 3 Freezer Meals if you’re interested.
We can fresh green beans together every summer as well and there’s nothing like breaking open a can a delicious green beans straight from the garden during the cold winter months when you can’t get fresh produce as easily.
I am definitely no canning expert, I rely on my Meme a lot when we make it. But, I have tried to take some notes throughout the years of how she does it so I can remember it myself!
I feel like canning is definitely a lost form and many people don’t teach their children or grandchildren about it anymore. Or maybe the kids just don’t care to learn about it, however, not me! I want to be able to do this for years and years to come!
- 4 cups fresh red raspberry juice
- 1 box of Sure Jell Pectin
- 5 1/2 cups of sugar
- Canning jars and lids
First, bring the juice and pectin to a rolling boil. Continue to boil it once it reaches rolling status for just one minute after.
Add sugar and bring to another rolling boil. Continue to let it boil for another minute.
Now it’s time to add the jelly to the canning jars. You only want to fill the jars up to the first ring of the seal.
And make sure the jar is completely clean around the seal before screwing on the lids.
Once your jars are full of jelly, then add them to a big pot of boiling water using a jar holder. Cover and let boil for five minutes.
After they have boiled for five minutes, remove them from the pot and set aside. It will take them a few minutes, but you will soon hear a glorifying “pop” which indicates that the can is sealed!
It’s always so much fun to sit and listen for that sound. We usually break for lunch while waiting for it so it’s so nice to hear them all popping, letting us know that the best homemade raspberry jelly is finally sealed and ready to go!
If you’re looking for more canning ideas too, be sure to check out my post on How to Can Green Beans as well!
Tips and Tricks:
- You also want to place the lids of the canning jars in a saucepan full of water and bring them to a simmer before using. Do not boil them- but you want to keep them hot until you are ready to use them.
- Lay a towel down on the surfaces you will be working on. Because if you accidentally spill some, it will be easier to clean up because this stuff is pretty sticky!
I hope you all enjoyed this and will try to make your own jelly sometime! And use whatever fruit is your favorite as well! I also like strawberry, peach, apple, basically anything!
I think that our homemade raspberry jelly is definitely the best one out there for sure! Have y’all ever tried to make homemade jelly before? Let me know below, I would love to hear about it!
Be sure to check out more ideas on what to cook here too!