How To Make Mint Jelly

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Ingredients: Mint Jelly Recipe

Photo of Mint3 lb / 1,300 grams of cooking apples (such as Bramleys)
1 1/2 lb / 750 grams of white sugar (granulated or caster)
1 handful of freshly picked mint
32 fl oz / 950 ml of tap water
2 lemons
4 tablespoons of white wine vinegar (or cider vinegar)
Green food colouring (this is optional)

Method - What To Do

Wash all of the apples and slice them, including the skins and the cores. Place the apple slices into a deep preserving pan and pour on the water. Cook for roughly 30 minutes or until you are left with a soft pulp. Strain the apple through muslin to collect the juices. Leave it dripping freely (without squeezing or compressing) for several hours or overnight, until it has completely stopped dripping.

Photo of MintNext, boil the collected apple liquid for 15 minutes, with half of the mint. Strain to remove the leaves and then return the liquid to the pan, adding in the sugar, the white wine vinegar and the juice of two lemons. Stir until all of the sugar has been dissolved into the jelly liquid and then boil strongly for ten minutes. Towards the end of this boiling, add the remainder of the mint (finely chopped) and a few drops of green food colouring (if you would like a green-coloured jelly).

After the ten minutes of boiling time, carry out a test to see if the mixture is ready to jell. Do this by spooning a small quantity of the mint jelly onto a chilled dish (previously placed into a freezer for ten minutes or longer). After a minute, run a fingertip through the jelly and if it starts to crinkle and gather, due to the early formation of a skin, then you will know it is ready to set itself. Otherwise, boil a little longer and repeat this jelling test for a second time, and if necessary, a third time.

By now, your jelly should have reached its optimum setting point and the pan can therefore be taken off the stove. Quickly skim the surface to clean up any bubbles of scum, and then pour into cleaned jam jars that are completely sterile.

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