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Runny Jelly 2 or How Do I Fix This?

runny jellyPart two in the runny jelly series.   Last week we talked about what can make you end up with runny jelly.  This week we’re going to talk about how to fix it.

How do you fix runny jelly?

There are a few different schools of thought with regards to runny jelly.  There is the use it as something else school and there is the fix it school.  I actually do both depending on the flavor of the jelly and my own personal whims.  Hey I’m an adult I can decide if I want to put in the extra effort or not.

School of Thought 1

Use it as something else.  If it’s a fairly common flavor like say strawberry use it for something else.  Add it to Lemonade or Sprite.  Put it on ice cream, cheese cake, regular cake.  Whatever you want to put it on or in you probably can.  I don’t know how but I messed up a batch of orange marmalade.  It didn’t set.  I put it in plain yogurt for a while to make is sweet and yummy and awesome.  Anything that you can think of that would benefit from a little extra sweetness do it.

School of Thought 2

Fix it.  There are several ways you can go about fixing runny jelly.  Probably the easiest is time.  Let it sit.  It doesn’t always gel immediately.  I have had jelly come out of the bath just as runny as when I poured the juice in the pan 30 min ago and then a week, or even a month later, is delicious think jelly.  Sometimes you just have to let it sit.

You can recook it if you think you may not have let it boil long enough.  If you live at higher altitudes like I do the full rolling boil for 1 min is not long enough.  You have to boil it for longer.   Remember how we talked about it activating the pectin?  Yeah sometimes you need more time.

You can add more pectin.  Although with this one you kind of have to be careful.  If you add to much you end up with something closer to a gummy bear than jelly.  And shoot even runny jelly is better than that.  Runny jelly at least comes out of the jar.   If you’re going to add more pectin I would very strongly urge you to start with about 1/4 of the amount you used the first time as well as 1/4 the amount of sugar.  So if you used 1 cup of pectin the first time use 1/4 cup of pectin this time and of you used 8 cups of sugar use 2 when you reprocess.

So 2 schools of though both of them are great in my opinion.  I do both depending on my energy level, my frustration level, and how lazy I’m feeling.  What do you do with your runny jelly?  Tell me in the comments below.

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