How to Make Homemade Apple Jelly


Whether you make homemade apple jelly from the juice of your own apples or from store-bought apple juice, the homemade taste will shine through in the final product. Apple jelly is canned in small batches, so if you have a lot of juice, be prepared to spend a good portion of the day making jelly. Jelly is canned by the boiling water method so a pressure canner is not needed.

Step 1

Combine apple juice, lemon juice and pectin in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

Step 2

Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Place a candy thermometer on the side of the saucepan and bring the juice mixture back to a boil.

Step 3

Bring the mixture to 220 degrees F on the jelly thermometer.

Step 4

Skim the foam from the jelly using a large, stainless steel spoon.

Step 5

Place the funnel in the first half-pint jar. Ladle the jelly into the jar until it reaches 1/4-inch from the top of the jar. Repeat with the remaining jars.

Step 6

Place a canning lid on each jar and secure with a canning ring.

Step 7

Place the jars in a boiling water bath, using the tongs.

Step 8

Process for 5 minutes with the water at a full rolling boil.

Step 9

Remove the jars from the canner using the tongs. Allow to cool.

Things You'll Need

  • Large saucepan or stockpot
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 pkg. Pectin
  • 3 cups sugar
  • Candy thermometer
  • Large stainless steel spoon
  • Ladle
  • Canning funnel
  • 4 half-pint jelly jars, lids and rings
  • Canning tongs
  • Boiling water bath canner


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