Fixing Jelly That Set Too Hard

I know that this might not be a big help to some, but to those that do canning it might. I canned some grape jelly and could not get it to jell, so I put in 4 boxes of Sure Jel. That was a big mistake. I didn't realize that Sure Jel had a very sour taste til the damage was already done, but I processed the jelly anyway. Needless to say the end product was very solid and sour.


So to fix it I took two half pints at a time and added 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water and heated the whole thing on the stove in a pan, on low heat to boiling. When it was boiling for about 2 minutes (not any longer than 2 minutes), I took it and put it back into sterilized jars and sealed the lids back on and processed in the hot water bath. So what I have got now is a delicious "grape butter" the consistency of apple butter. I read that once something is cooked too hard it cannot be fixed. By taking a chance, I found out that it could be fixed and I didn't have to throw out my jellies.

By Cassie

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August 3, 20133 found this helpful

My first attempt at jalapeno jelly tasted so very good but it jelled so hard it was more like a giant gummy bear than jelly! So after some research I decided to try to fix them by opening and scooping all the jars of jelly back into the pot. (I actually had a hard time trying to cut it into pieces that is how hard it was. You may stop laughing now!)


I put it back on the heat and after it melted I added another 1/4 cup of sugar and then added 2 tablespoons of water for each 8 oz. jar I was trying to fix. (My research suggested that a small amount of sugar is needed to re-activate the pectin. Don't know if that is true but added it anyway.) Then I brought it back to a boil and immediately ladled back into hot jars and resealed by water bathing for 10 minutes, The consistency is perfect now.

Note: 2 T. water per 8 oz. jar you are trying to fix but I only use 1/4 cup extra sugar total is not a 1/4 cup per jar.

November 14, 20210 found this helpful

I made pomegranate jelly and cooked it to long I think poured it in jars now cant get it out can it be saved and how to get it back out of the jars

June 26, 20220 found this helpful

Thank You! Too late this time but good to know!


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