Home canning sand plum jelly. Sand plum jelly is made from the sand plum or wild plum fruit. The fruit grows on shrubs and when ripe is slightly smaller than a ping pong ball. It can be any shade from yellow to orange to red and be ripe enough for jelly. The sand plums or wild plums make excellent jelly. Picked at the peak of ripeness, they produce a lot of juice. Sand plum jelly does not require using any store bought jell because the fruit has natural pectin.
The sand plum shrubs typically like sandy soil, but can grow just about anywhere. Sand plum thickets are sometimes used in quail management and provide excellent cover. Once a sand plum shrub is disturbed by drought or fire, it takes about 5 years for the shrub to come back and bear fruit again.
Home Canning Sand Plum Jelly -Hints On Getting Started
Home canning sand plum jelly starts just as any other home canning project. Jelly jars should be washed and rinsed thoroughly then fill a few at a time with hot or boiling water at least half way to the top of the jar. Jars need to remain hot until they are used. Flats should also be soaking in hot water in a small bowl until they are used. Flats are the flat disc part of the lid of the jar, should never be re-used. Always use new flats. The rings and jars can be used repeatedly. See the link below to purchase jelly jars and have them shipped right to your door.
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Run a pot of clean water through the brew cycle of your coffee pot, you can use this heated water to fill the jars and and pour over the flats in a small bowl to keep them hot.
Home Canning Sand Plum Jelly: Start With Sand Plum Juice
When home canning sand plum jelly, to prepare the juice: wash sand plums in a clean sink or bowl of warm water. Add 1c of water to 4c of sand plums and cook until the sand plum skins split. Pour the fruit and juice into a colander and press fruit through the colander. This pressing removes the seeds and skins.
Strain the juice through a cloth if you want clear sand plum jelly, otherwise there will be some pulp in it. The pulp does not distort the flavor of the jelly.
Home Canning Sand Plum Jelly: Making Jelly From The Juice
Home canning sand plum jelly, to make the sand plum jelly from the juice: 4c sand plum juice, 4c sugar and 1t butter. Bring strained juice to a boil and stir in butter. Slowly stir in the sugar. Stir constantly until the mixture reaches 220 degrees. Remove from heat and pour into hot jars. Leave 1/2″ head space above the mixture in the jar. Wipe the mouth of the jar with a clean paper towel and place a hot flat on the jar. Screw a ring over the flat hand tight.
The jars should seal on their own if packed boiling hot. The flats will sink down in the middle and you will hear a popping sound when they seal. After the have cooled completely and the jars are sealed, you have just finished home canning sand plum jelly. Label your jars, the link for great dissolvable labels is below. Store the jars in a cool, dark place.