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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Strawberry Raspberry Jelly

We made it home from vacation!  It is a really long drive from Salt Lake City, Utah to Iowa.  But I can now say that I have driven every inch of Interstate 80 across Wyoming and Nebraska in less than 12 hours.  My 6 year old does awesome in the car, or we wouldn't be able to travel the way we do.  So now I am doing laundry, figuring out meals so I can go grocery shopping, and playing catch up!  Makes you want to turn around and go on vacation again! 

Good thing I have another strawberry recipe to share with you!  I don't even have any milk in the house, so cooking is not happening right now.  But it will tomorrow, after I have gone to the store. 

This jelly is a combination of raspberries I had on hand that needed to get used, and our fresh Strawberries.  I used A Spicy Perspective's recipe as a guide.  She was making a chipotle version, and I was making a sweet version, but it worked!  I didn't have any lemon, so I used lime as my citrus.  Now...I think I used a little too much.  But lime does work very well, it gives it just a hint of something different. 

Strawberry Raspberry Jelly
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective
Printable Recipe

1 pound strawberries
1 pint raspberries
1 large juicy lime, zested and juiced - I would skip the zest next time
3 cups sugar
ΒΌ tsp. salt

Slightly mash the berries, leaving some chunks.  You want a total of 3 cups of berries. In a saucepan combine the lime zest, lime juice, sugar and salt over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.

Bring to a low boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Then, check the gel consistency by placing a small amount on a frozen surface. Run your fingers through it. If it separates and is not runny, remove the jam from heat. If it is still runny, simmer another 5-10 minutes and check again. The jelly could take 10-40 minutes to gel properly.

You can freeze or follow proper canning instructions for storage.   It made about 4 6 ounce jars.

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At July 13, 2011 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Welcome back! I love homemade jellies and jams, this sounds wonderful. I have seen a lot of raspberry/strawberry combos floating around...I guess I need to give it a go! :)

At July 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I am book marking this! A friend just sent me some canning supplies- all is left is for me to find a pot large enough.

At July 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't envy your drive! I moved to Nebraska 2 years ago, and I-80 drags on forever. The jelly looks great. We picked strawberries a few weeks ago and just ended up having them with shortcake, because we didn't have any good ideas for them.

At July 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM , Blogger Deceptively Educational said...

YUM!! This combines my two favorite berries! I have never canned anything and always thought it was just too intimidating. Thanks for the thorough instructions. Maybe I'll give it a go after all!

At July 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

I like that you don't use any pectin in your recipe -- and I hear ya on the I-80 drive! (The hubby & I used to be truck drivers on that stretch. But not with a child along!) Hopefully the memories of "scenery" will tide you over til you get settled in. Thanks again for posting before you even went to the grocery store!!!

At July 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM , Anonymous Eileen said...

I love making jam. Your strawberry/raspberry combo sounds amazing! Glad you had a great vacation.

At July 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Anonymous Priscilla-ShesCookin said...

All the laundry, shopping, and catching up you have to do when you return from vacation can be daunting! Give your little guy a high five for me for being such a good traveler :) And your jelly sounds delicious! I haven't delved into canning yet, but that may be next.

At July 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I'm amazed that your blogging so are SO organized. Great recipe - I love the idea of lime zest in the jam!

At July 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Welcome back Erin! This sounds yummy! I love to use lime for the acid in jams rather than lemon. It adds so much more flavor. Thanks for sharing this! Buzzed!

At July 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Coming home from vacay is always a let down, but sounds like you had a good time! Great jelly, I love Sommer's chipotle strawberry jam so glad you used hers as a guide!

At July 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger ameanderingmango said...

Yum - homemade jam is such a wonderful thing! I didn't make it last summer but will definitely do it this time. Thanks!

At July 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said... a compact perfectly preserved bit of summer in each bite.

At July 13, 2011 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous claudia lamascolo said...

Great job Erin, your family is lucky to have you ...a beautiful healthy great cook!

At July 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM , Anonymous kitchenarian said...

Welcome back from vacation. I have never made jelly before, but you make it look easy and delicious.

At July 13, 2011 at 11:34 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

Welcome back :) I am typically eager to get home after vacation, but hate the laundry and empty fridge that greets me as well! This jelly looks fantastic! My mom and I have been making strawberry jelly for as long as I can remember, but have never added in another fruit or citrus before. I like the idea!

At July 14, 2011 at 12:01 AM , Anonymous natalie said...

I don't know why, I've always been a bit intimidated by jams and jellies, but this one looks so yummy that I might have to get over that and try it out. :)

At July 14, 2011 at 8:53 AM , Blogger Elisabeth said...

Nothing like homemade jams, and jellies...your combination berries jelly looks so inviting and oh, so yummy!

At July 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous spcookiequeen said...

Well you have been one busy lady, that jam looks wonderful.

At July 14, 2011 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kankana said...

hey congrats on Top 9 :) This looks so perfect!

At July 15, 2011 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Chef Dennis said...

what a delicious blend of berries, I use lime instead of lemon in a lot of recipes, it does give it just a little something extra!
Congrats on the top 9 today!

At July 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous StacyL said...

I just made this and it is wonderful! Unfortunately, I did not have a lime available (which I would have loved to try), so I used a lemon. Still amazing! Thank you! And, congrats on the top 9! Woot!

At July 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

I bet it tastes wonderful on a slice of bread. YUM! Great recipe and congrats on making Foodbuzz top 9! : )

At July 16, 2011 at 1:29 AM , Anonymous Maureen said...

I'm thinking wonderful piece of toast, lashings of butter and your fantastic jelly. Nothing better!


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