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Jelly Not Setting?

September 2, 2008

Making strawberry jelly.My jelly is too thin, can I recook it? If so, how?

lil lavorato from Lakeside, Ca

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September 2, 20080 found this helpful
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You may have used incorrect measure of juice. Try adding another box of SureJell and recook. IF it doesn't work, it will make a great sauce poured over vanilla ice cream.

I made a batch of blackberry jelly using he NO COOK SureJell and it turned out runny after freezing and unthawing. Sure was tasty over our ice cream though. I liked this "flop".

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September 4, 20081 found this helpful
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You should find directions for recooking the jelly, if you decide to do that, on the directions that came with the pectin. My brand, Certo, which is sold here in Canada, has directions for recooking your jam or jelly.

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There is also a website and a toll-free number. Check out your pectin box for this.

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My chokecherry jelly does that sometimes too. Just empty the jars into a large pot,
wash and sterilize jars again. Add a box of pectin to the jelly and bring to a boil, boil one minute and pour back into jars and seal.
It is the same procedure as you first made the jelly, but you do not add any more sugar.

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August 6, 2022

I can't get my mulberry jelly to jell. It stays in a syrup form no matter what I try.


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August 6, 20220 found this helpful
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If your pectin was out of date, that may be the culprit. Also...powdered pectin doesn't dissolve in a sugared solution, so if you add the sugar & then the dry pectin, the jam will not be firm.

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Fixing Runny Jelly With Pectin:
For each quart of runny jelly, you will need 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 4 teaspoons powdered pectin. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring. Add your runny jelly and bring to a hard boil over high heat while stirring constantly.
Here's the recipe from the home food preserving website:
nchfp.uga.edu/.../mulberry_jelly_powdered_pectin.html

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Here are some ways to fix your runny jelly:

1. Place a jar in the fridge until it is cold (overnight).

2. Place one quart of runny jelly in a large pan, add 2 tbsp of lemon juice and boil for 3 to 4 minutes, then test for a gel. You can then reprocess for 5 minutes in a water bath.

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3. Add 1 tbsp of chia seeds to each 8-ounce jar, stir well and refrigerate.

4. If the reason is not long enough cooking, then recook the jelly. It can reduce the water to firm up the jelly.

5. Add more pectin and reprocess for 5 minutes (in a water bath.

6. You need 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 4 teaspoons powdered pectin for each quart of runny jelly.
Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring, add your runny jelly and bring to a hard boil over high heat while stirring constantly, boil hard for 30 seconds. Remove the jelly from heat and skim off foam. Fill jars with jelly, leave a 1/4 inch headspace, wipe the rims, add new lids and place the bands on. Process in a water bath canner for 5 minutes.

www.homesteadinginohio.com/.../how-to-fix-runny-jam-or-runny-jelly...

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December 8, 2008

I am making Apple Jelly. It will not set, I have not had this problem before. It was boiling for over 30 minutes.

Margaret

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By Carolyn (Guest Post)
December 9, 20080 found this helpful
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Some of my jelly didn't get thick enough this summer. When I open a jar I stir in a small amount of Instant Clear Jell which I bought at a local bulk food store.

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December 18, 20080 found this helpful
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I just went through a nightmare! I made 4 different batches using different pectins. I then found out that because I was using juice that was my problem. Apples only have natural pectin in the core and peels, so using juice makes it difficult to get it to jell properly. Adding lemon juice helps. I have yet another batch that I plan to experiment with tomorrow.

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I will never attempt jelly from juice again, Its always best to cook apples (core and all) down and use the juice from that.

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September 13, 2014

I did three batches of grape jelly, the first is syrup like. For the second and third I used more pectin and they didn't set either. Now what to do?


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September 19, 20140 found this helpful

Making jelly can be tricky; you have to follow directions exactly, you can't double most recipes, and the fruit must be ripe. Old pectin will not allow the jelly to set properly either. I just keep making it -practice makes perfect. When mine doesn't set, I often recook it with more pectin or I'll use it as a syrup for pancakes and waffles, over ice cream or plain cake, or use it like lemonade syrup for a drink.

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You can also use it to flavor ginger ale, over snow cones, or in homemade popsicles. Sometimes I add it to smoothies or add plain gelatin to make jello. When mine is too thick, I mash it with a fork and use it in homemade muffins, for filling in a cookie recipe, or just add a chunk to our morning smoothie before pureeing the fruit.

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September 23, 2013

I have about 10 cups of juice from my apple jelly that will not set. How much "no sugar added" pectin should I add to get it to firm up? When I was making the jelly I used a package of pectin to 5 cups of juice, but it would not gel.

By Mike

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September 18, 2013

I made my 1st batch of wild grape jelly today. The recipe called for 3 cups sugar to 4 cups juice. I had 24 cups of juice so I added 18 cups of sugar. After over 2 hours boiling and stirring it finally started sheeting off the spoon. I was told that it possibly would take that long. I put it into jars and processed for 20 minutes. I put about 1/4 cup in the refrigerator. It's like syrup. Will it all be like that? I really wanted jelly. Is there anything I can do?



Dora Jarvis

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