Cranberry Apple Jelly
|Green cooking apples||9 Medium|
|Water||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Cranberry juice cocktail||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Cinnamon stick||3 1⁄2 Inch|
|Whole allspice||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Lemon juice||1 Tablespoon|
|Powdered fruit pectin||1 3⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)|
|Sugar||5 Cup (80 tbs)|
1. With small, sharp knife, remove and discard stem and blossom end of apples (do not core or peel apples). Cut apples into bite-sized pieces. In 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy saucepot over high heat, heat apples and water to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until apples are very tender.
2. Line colander or very large strainer with about 4 layers damp cheesecloth. Over large bowl, pour apple mixture into colander; let stand until 3 1/2 cups apple juice drains into bowl (this will take about 3 hours). Amount of juice from apples may vary; add enough cranberry juice to apple juice to make 3 1/2 cups. Do not squeeze apple mixture in cheesecloth, or jelly may be cloudy. Set aside.
3. Prepare glasses and lids, and melt paraffin
4. Break cinnamon stick into small pieces. Tie cinnamon stick and allspice in double thickness of cheesecloth.
5. In 8-quart Dutch oven or heavy saucepot, place spice bag; add lemon juice, fruit pectin, apple juice, and 2 cups cranberry juice; over high heat, heat mixture to boiling, stirring frequently immediately stir in sugar. Stirring constantly, heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil; boil 1 minute. Discard spice bag. Remove Dutch oven from heat. With spoon, skim off foam.
6. Immediately ladle jelly into glasses to 1/2 inch from top and seal with paraffin . When cool, cover glasses with lids.