Put your leftover fruit crops to good use by home canning. Canning jelly makes it easy to preserve mixtures of tasty fruits that you may have never had before. Take advice from the United States Department of Agriculture with their
Complete Guide to Home Canning. This detailed excerpt describes how to can strawberry jelly with rhubarb and will give you great results in a water bath canner. Try this and our other canning resources to help you stock up after each harvest.
Canning Strawberry Jelly With Rhubarb
1-1/2 lbs red stalks of rhubarb
1-1/2 qts ripe strawberries
1/2 tsp butter or margarine to reduce foaming (optional)
6 cups sugar
6 oz liquid pectin
Yield: About 7 half-pints
Wash and cut rhubarb into 1-inch pieces and blend or grind. Wash, stem, and crush strawberries, one layer at a time, in a saucepan. Place both fruits in a jelly bag or double layer of cheesecloth and gently squeeze out juice. Measure 3-1/2 cups of juice into a large saucepan. Add butter and sugar, thoroughly mixing into juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Immediately stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, quickly skim off foam, and fill sterile jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process.
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