Ok this is officially my favorite jelly! What is a jostaberry? It is a hybrid cross between a black currant and gooseberry. I will post a blog on growing Jostaberries because they are a great low maintenance, disease free, edible landscape bush perfect for the backyard berry grower. The berries ripen over time to a deep purple and unlike gooseberries are spineless. I pick them and freeze them on a tray lined with freezer paper. When you are ready to make the jelly allow the berries to defrost. I do not worry about removing stems or tails. With this recipe you can mix gooseberries and jostaberries. You will need about 6 cups of berries.
|If freezing spread on freezer paper on a tray and place in freezer. When frozen put in ziploc bags. Thaw berries when you are ready to make this jelly.|
|Put berries in a pot with a little water. Simmer til tender. Don't worry about stems because it will be strained through a jelly bag.|
|Mast periodically with a potato masher.|
|Pour into a jelly bag. Allow juice to strain.|
|Jostaberry juice mixed with pectin.|
|Keep lids hot but do not boil.|
|Finished jelly is beautiful and delicious!|
You will need 3 cups of juice. Mix this with 1 package of powdered pectin. Bring to a boil and add 5 cups of sugar. Have the sugar pre-measured in a bowl. Return to boil for 1 minute. Pour into half pint jars, wipe rims, secure lids and can in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Add 10 minutes for high altitude.
This jelly is a beautiful red color and so delicious! It will definitely be a family favorite.