Homemade Red Raspberry Jelly

I don’t think you can beat homemade red raspberry jelly.  I’ve tried.  I have purchased every red raspberry jelly on the market, I think.  They aren’t even close to this good.  The burst of raspberry sweetness in my mouth makes me happy.  Yep, I’m shallow like that.  Simple things make me happy, like soft, fresh donuts, my kids giving me hugs, bacon and homemade red raspberry jelly on soft, white bread.  Heaven!

So what does one do when they can’t buy the perfect jelly?  Well, they make it, of course.  And for me, it has to be jelly.  I hate, hate, hate all those seeds!

I try to make enough jelly each summer to last the entire year.  Which means no one’s getting this stuff for Christmas.  Are you kidding?!?!  It’s like liquid gold!

I lucked out this year.  I used raspberries from my Dad’s garden so I didn’t have the berry cost to add to these.  That makes a huge difference.  Because really, when you add up the cost of the berries, jars and the rest of the ingredients, these jars end up costing about $10 a piece!  See, that’s why I don’t give them away!

I just followed the directions on the pectin box.  Super easy.  So I’m not going to bore you with all the ingredients and stuff like that.  Buy a box of pectin and it’s right there.  Does that make me lazy???

I heat up the washed berries in a large pan.  You can add a little water if you’d like.

Then I strain them and mashed them through a metal strainer.  You could use cheese cloth and all that, but that’s confusing to me.  Old dog, new trick kind of thing going on there.

But after the berries are all strained, look at this pure red raspberry juice!  YUM!!!  Side note here – the box says not to squish the berries through a strainer because it may make the jelly cloudy.  What the heck!  I smash mine all to heck because I want every bit of juice out of those bad boys.  I don’t care if my jelly is cloudy.  I’m not entering it in the County Fair so I’m think I’m good with that decision.

Add your sugar and pectin according to the package directions and bring to a boil (again, read the direction for how long.)

Spoon into jars.

Doesn’t it look wonderful?

Yum.  Pure heaven!

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Comments

  1. This looks delicious! I love homemade jelly too.

  2. Yes, it does look wonderful, and I would award you a blue ribbon for making all this jelly even if you don’t enter the fair! Just beautiful!

  3. how lucky for you to get free raspberries. looks amazing!1 thanks for sharing and I wish I could have a jar!

  4. I mash my berries too, and I’ve never noticed cloudy jelly! Or maybe I just don’t pay enough attention.

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  5. I have always stuck to freezer jam because I figured jelly was too hard. You make it look easy! Maybe I’ll give it a go!

  6. Yes, I agree pure heaven! Beautiful work you can enjoy all year.

  7. I miss raspberries. That jelly looks tasty.

  8. I’m making this today. Last summer, when they had some not-quite-perfect red raspberries on sale at the farmer’s market (for some ridiculous price like 4 pints for a dollar!) I crushed the berries and canned the pulpy juice. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make jelly from them until later. Later finally came around, so today I’m straining the canned pulp and making jelly. Yum.

    • That’s awesome! You will love it. We never buy jam anymore because it’s not nearly as good as homemade. Have fun!

  9. I cook the berries with a little water first, then strain them. Its easier and you get more juice. Love raspberry jelly!!

  10. renato polver says:

    hello, love raspberry jelly, ,i wanted to know if there is a way to use the pits and some of the raspbrry left over after mash them through the siever , i have a lot of liquid raspberry , but olso a lot of left over , any way to use it? so you can get most of the product with out so much waist,thank you

    • I just throw it away but you could add some of it to the jelly? I know it’s a lot of waste but I hate the seeds! =o)

  11. do you put these in a water bath to seal?

  12. I made elderberry jam 3 weeks ago and now making this!!

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