Homemade for the Holidays #5: Jelly Gift Jars

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If you are looking for a fun homemade gift that will be cherished by the recipient…try some jelly gift jars! You can make small 1/2 pint jars or pint jars full of yummy jelly to give away to family, friends, and/or neighbors for Christmas. I am including some easy recipes below. I didn’t realize that making jelly could be so easy…and taste SO good! When the jelly is done, cut a small circle of fabric and secure in place with a pretty ribbon tied around the jar. Have fun!

Choose which kind of jelly you want to make, then follow the directions below! You can also just look at the directions that come with the pectin. Most of them have directions for making jelly with 100% juice. That way if you want to try a sugar-free version you can…just replace the juice in the recipe with the bottled juice or juice made from frozen concentrate. You can also try a variety of different juices. Enjoy!

Grape Jelly

  • 3 cups grape juice (needs to be 100% juice, can prepare from frozen concentrate)
  • 1 package powdered pectin
  • 4 cups sugar
Apple Jelly
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1 box powdered pectin
  • 5 cups sugar

Orange Juice Jelly

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar

Kiwi-Strawberry Jelly

  • 3-1/2 cups Kiwi-Strawberry juice
  • 1 package (1-3/4 oz.) powdered fruit pectin
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups sugar (taste to see how sweet you want it)

In a large saucepan combine the juice and the pectin. Stir it up to eliminate all the lumps of pectin. Bring the mixture to a full boil over medium heat, stirring some as necessary. Add the sugar and return to a boil. Boil for a full minute and remove from heat. If you want you can skim off the foamy stuff on the top of the mixture into a small bowl to use up first. Ladle the jelly into clean sterilized jars and seal with bands and lids. Process in a boiling water bath for about 10 minutes to seal. Remove the jars and allow to cool before storing.

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