How to make mint jelly

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How to make mint jelly
Mint is a great herb to use to make jelly. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Spearmint makes a wonderful jelly to use with meats or spread thinly on fancy finger sandwiches with soft goat cheese. This recipe yields seven 180 ml (6-oz) jelly glasses.

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Things you need

  • Labels
  • Lids
  • Spoon or whisk
  • Canning jars
  • Damp cloths
  • Rings
  • Kettles
  • Sugars for fruit filling
  • Red food colouring
  • Pectin

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  1. 1

    Examine jars for cracks and nicks. Discard damaged jars.

  2. 2

    Wash jars, leaving in warm dishwasher or hot water until needed.

  3. 3

    Wash mint leaves.

  4. 4

    Combine in large kettle apple juice, mint leaves, pectin and food colouring.

  5. 5

    Bring to rolling boil.

  6. 6

    Add sugar slowly to juice, stirring constantly.

  7. 7

    Boil for one minute or until jelly slides off spoon in sheets.

  8. 8

    Remove from heat and remove mint leaves.

  9. 9

    Skim foam.

  10. 10

    Pour into hot jelly jars, leaving 1/8-inch head space.

  11. 11

    Wipe tops of jars with clean damp cloth.

  12. 12

    Place vacuum seals and rings on jars.

  13. 13

    Invert jar for a few seconds.

  14. 14

    Label jars, cool, test seal and store.

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  • Green food colouring is optional.

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