Basil Jelly: A Great Use for All of That Basil


| 5/9/2018 10:23:00 AM


We’ve all done it. “I could really use a few more basil plants here and there.” “I just love the way it smells and adds flavor to tomato sauce, and my compound butter, and my tomato sauce, and my pesto, and my tomato sauce...oh, and my Margherita pizza.”

Soon, we become Johnny Pestosauce, giving friends and family our extra pesto until they finally run from us when they see us approach with a baggie filled with frozen green cubes. Spreading the basil wealth can get old (to some folks), but here is alternative that will have them begging for more. This recipe is modified from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.

Filling Jars with Basil Jelly

Basil Jelly

Yield: 7 half pints

Ingredients



4 cups water
2.5 cups firmly packed unchopped basil leaves
1.75 ounces Fruit Pectin
Green food color (optional)
5 cups sugar

Patricia
9/9/2018 1:09:11 PM

Loved the idea. Made the jelly according to directions and it will not set. Reboiled and added more pectin and it is still not setting. Help!


PedalThumper
8/25/2018 10:53:32 PM

In the future, please, please, PLEASE!!! specify if using liquid pectin or powder-- I had assumed, as it didn't specify, liquid pectin as the last jelly recipe I made called for that, and now after I have finished everything do I realize that I was likely supposed to use the powder and that is why my jelly is still liquid. Hoping it will set up in the fridge, but likely just have a pile of garbage. I am very frustrated as I was very excited to try this recipe and have now wasted hours of time and materials. After several jelly making failures I am always very careful to follow the recipe. I was making this as hostess gifts for an event I am hosting tomorrow and will likely not have the time to remake it.


PedalThumper
8/25/2018 10:53:31 PM

In the future, please specify if using liquid pectin or powder-- I had assumed liquid pectin as the last jelly recipe I made called for that, and now after I have finished everything do I realize that I was likely supposed to use the powder and that is why my jelly is still liquid. Hoping it will set up in the fridge, but likely just have a pile of garbage.




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