25 Going on 70

Don’t ask me what possessed me to make canned goods today.

I thought of it yesterday, went through all the old cookbooks one of my Mom’s friends gave me, and actually found this just sitting on my bookshelf after I decided I wanted to can something!

If that’s not fate I don’t know what is.
Then I started flipping through the pages and besides finding this gem of a picture…

The caption totally makes this picture. There was also a picture of strawberry ice cream and slices of a pickle and the caption read, “Ice cream and pickles; perfect for those “expecting””.

But then I found a recipe for honey lemon jelly. I had a crisper full of lemons from a party a few weeks ago.
The gods were obviously trying to tell me something.
And that something was, “Make delicious jelly!!!”

Here goes nothin’!
Here’s what you’ll need:

Zest of 2 lemons
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 cups honey
3 oz pektin (about 1 1/2 packages)
2 pint sized canning jars

First, bring a large pot of water to a boil. (enough water to cover the jars when you set them in there)
Submerge jars and lids in boiling water to disinfect them.

Remove from heat and leave in hot water until you need to use them.

Measure out your lemon juice and honey. Pour into a heavy bottomed pot along with the lemon zest over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, add pektin and stir constantly for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and continue stirring for 3 more minutes.

Remove jars from water with stainless steel tongs and transfer to a dry kitchen towel, the mouth of the jar facing down. Allow to air dry for about 20 seconds.
Turn the jars right side up, and carefully ladle jelly into jars without spilling on the outside or rim of jar. (if you DO spill, have a hot, damp cloth ready to wipe it off)

Place flat part of lid over the opening of jar and secure with the twist on part of the lid.
Put them back in the pot with hot water in it (making sure the jars are fully submerged) and bring water back to a boil. Once water is boiling set a timer for 10 minutes and let them boil for 10 minutes.

Remove from boiling water with tongs, and set on a dish towel to cool/dry.

Once cooled off, to test if the jelly has sealed, push on the center of the lid. If it has no “give” to it, you’ve done it! You’ve made jelly and sealed it! You can stick this in your pantry for up to 12 months! After you open it, though, make sure to refrigerate it.
If it does have give to it, and makes a “popping sound”, the jelly is still good. However, you need to refrigerate it right away and it will only be good for about 2 months.

Keep one for yourself, and give the other to someone nice!
Valentines day is right around the corner and I would much rather have a yummy jar of lemon honey jelly than some stupid expensive roses.
Get to cookin’ for your ladies, boys!


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