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Hedgerow Jelly

We have been wondering what to do with our piles of elderberries, blackberries and damsons. Then, I stumbled across this recipe – the jelly is lovely. Much nicer than jam in my humble opinion, and apart from the sugar, it’s totally free. Free jelly – what could be better!! It’s lovely on crumpets, or scones, or fresh bread, or with a spoon (if you want to do a Joey from Friends!) or warmed up on pancakes, or toast…

Hedgerow jelly

The recipe is adapted from this book (which is fab if you are into preserving!)

Great jam book

To make this jelly you need 1.35 kg (3lb) fruit (the recipe called for 8oz raspberries, 1lb damsons, 8oz elderberries and 1lb blackberries, but I added more blackberries to replace the raspberries), 1.35 kg (3lb) preserving sugar, pips and juice from 2 large lemons.

Put the fruit, lemon juice and pips into a large pan and add 350ml of water. Bring the fruit up to a gentle simmer for 1 hour.

How to make hedgerow jelly

Mush the fruit with a potato masher to get out all the juice and strain the juice through a muslin cloth. Leave the mixture to strain over night and however sorely you are tempted – do not squeeze the bag!

How to make hedgerow jelly

Measure how much juice you have made, for every pint (600ml) of juice add 1lb (450g) of sugar. Warm the juice until the sugar has dissolved, then boil rapidly for 10-15 mins until the jelly has reached it’s setting point (105 C). I check this by dropping a small amount onto a cold saucer and when it ‘crinkles’ it’s done.

Remove from the heat and pour into sterilised jars.

Hedgerow jelly

Hedgerow jelly

I add the pulp left over from straining the fruit to apples and make apple and hedgerow fruit puree – just make sure it’s sieved before you eat it.

Enjoy the lovely jelly! Jane

4 Responses to Hedgerow Jelly

  1. Lucy says:

    We made this and had it on pancakes – we all had seconds! L x

    • admin says:

      Great to hear, thanks so much Lucy, Jane x

  2. Greenfingers says:

    I can’t wait for my fruit to start ripening in my garden. It’s my first year of growing and i’m loving being in the garden

    • admin says:

      Good luck :) Jane

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