Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m not very good at making jams and jellies. Even when I use the packs of pectin!
I have switched over to using gelatin to create my strawberry freezer jam, cherry jam, grape jelly and five minute peach jam. They turned out beautifully!
But I recently teamed up with Ball Brand to try one of their recipes. I had the great pleasure of perusing The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving. It’s like a canner’s dream.
The pictures are gorgeous. And the recipes all sound so delicious. I wish I had time to try them all!
But I had to just pick one to try and share with you.
Trying My Hand At Jelly Again
With our allergies I don’t use pectin. Since I can’t be certain of the source it’s too risky. I know a lot of pectin is made from apples. And my two youngest are allergic to apples.
So instead of modifying a recipe I went for one that didn’t even need pectin. Red plum raspberry jelly sounded like the perfect combination of fruit flavors. And it is!
Neither fruit over powers the other.
There is no doubt that red plum raspberry jelly tastes good. You can use it for your morning eggs and toast or mixed into some plain yogurt. We like it on pancakes.
The real question, though, is did I manage to make good jelly without using gelatin?
I read the instructions on how to look for the gelling point. I used a thermometer to monitor the temperature (got it to 220 just like it said).
But the timing worked out that it was right around the gelling point when I was trying to get my toddler down for a nap. And of course this was the one day where she was fighting sleep. In fact, instead of taking 3-10 minutes to get her to sleep it took over an hour and a half (including a dirty diaper change)! Maybe it was all those raspberries she ate!
So I kept bouncing back and forth between checking the jelly and checking the toddler. And at one point I just said I have to get it done and said a prayer. Well, it wasn’t gelled.
My Big Mistake
And now that I am re-reading the directions I see that it says to stir constantly…oops. Not easy when trying to get a toddler to nap. I think all of the pectin came to the top when I wasn’t stirring…there was a sticky, pink foam. Oops.
Note – keep stirring while it boils!!
All is not lost, though. We now have sweet red plum raspberry syrup! I can’t wait to use it on our pancakes this week (every Friday we have breakfast for dinner…pancakes is on the menu).
I might also try cooking it down a bit or adding a little gelatin when I open a jar. Just to see what happens.
It’s Your Turn
In spite of my inability to make jams and jellies I am sharing this delicious recipe with you today. I bet you’ll have better luck. Maybe you can teach me a thing or two about gel! My motto moving forward is going to be “Follow the directions and keep stirring.”
I hope to try this recipe again and actually cook it the right way. I REALLY want to try red plum raspberry jelly on bread (freshly baked sourdough would heavenly).
How about you? Are you a pro at making jams and jellies? Or are you jelly challenged like me?
I’d love to hear how it goes if you try red plum raspberry jelly.
But there’s more! Keep reading.
- 2 lbs. firm, ripe red plums, halved
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups raspberries
- 3 cups cane sugar
- Pit plums, reserving pits. Chop plums and place in a 6 qt. stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven. Lightly crush the plum with a potato masher.
- Stir in the water and reserved pits. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- Add raspberries, crushing with a potato masher. Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
- Line a large, fine wire mesh strainer with 3 layers of dampened cheesecloth. Place the strainer over a large bowl.
- Pour the plum mixture into the strainer (do not press down). Cover and let stand 3 hours or until collected juice measures 3 1/2 cups and mixture no longer drips.
- Wash and dry Dutch oven.
- Pour the juice into the Dutch oven. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring constantly, to gelling point.
- Ladle hot jelly into a hot jar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.
- Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust to fingertip tight.
- Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
- Process jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand 5 minutes.
- Remove jars from canner and cool.
- Tip - plum pits are super high in pectin, so simmering them with the fruit really helps give this jelly its velvety smooth set.
Can It Forward
Don’t forget to “Can It Forward” with Ball Brand. On July 22, 2016 they are hosting a Can-It-Forward day live on Facebook. You’ll see demos (I think I need to tune in for one on jelly). Plus Ball Brand will be donating to a local charity. The more engagement they receive the more they donate!
Here’s how you can participate.
- Pledge to can-it-forward by signing up via the pledge page and share with friends.
- Tune in on July 22nd to watch canning demonstrations via Facebook Live from 10:00AM – 3:30PM ET. Each hour, viewers will have the chance to win a giveaway prize!
- If you engage with any of the Facebook Live recipe videos, a donation will be made to charity.
- You can ask Jarden Home Brands canning experts any preserving or home canning questions via Twitter with the hashtag #canitforward from 10AM – 5PM ET on July 22nd. Consumers can also share their own #canitforward creations with the brand on Pinterest and Instagram.
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This sounds like a tasty combo! I’ve never had issues with jams or jellies… but now watch, I will! LOL! Our favorite is blueberry-peach jam! Yum!!
Oooh, that sounds good, Sara! And now is the perfect time for it. Both are in season!
Could you do this with orange marmalade?
I’m not sure, Karen. I’ve never tried it. I bet the new Ball book would have some advice 🙂 I’ve never tried any jams/jellies with citrus. So I’m not sure how they behave. But you could probably add a little gelatin to make a marmalade.
Last summer I made red raspberry plum jam–definitely a family favorite. Blackberry plum is also up at the top. Then a friend gave us some excess grapes. Didn’t have enough grapes for jelly and the neighbors pear tree didn’t do well last year so not enough for pear jam. Result, between the two, I have a new favorite — grape pear. Can’t wait to make more this year!
I love new jam ideas! I love strawberry jam and peach jam… and this year I tried cherry jam, too.
It’s so fun to try new ones! Those are all good.
I love blueberry jam.
My biggest struggle with canning right now is having enough space in my kitchen.
That is always a struggle for me too, DJ!