Monday, August 25, 2008


We had a blast at the Aronia Harvest Sunday . . .

That's Teresa's daughter Kira with a big handful of freshly-picked berries, and Sean and Devon (hope I'm not mispelling their names), our most enthusiastic pickers, pointing at the scale that shows how many pounds of berries they picked.

If you'd like to try your hand at aronia jelly, here's Teresa's recipe.

Aronia Jelly

3 1/2 c. juice (You will need 2 pints of aronia to get this much juice)

4 T. lemon juice

1 package low-sugar pectin (such as Sure-Jell in the pink box)

4 c. sugar

Wash fruit and freeze. This allows more juice to be extracted. Cover frozen berries with water; simmer for 15 minutes. Mash the fruit with a potato masher. Strain juice through cheese cloth, squeezing hard to get every drop. Measure juice into a 2 quart kettle, adding a little water, if needed, to make the 1 3/4 cups. Add pectin and stir. Bring to a boil, add sugar, stir, and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil exactly 2 minutes. Skim off foam and pour into jars. Store in the refrigerator.

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