- wild grapes
I'm using my Jack La Lanne juicer. I have eight boxes of various berries sent home with me by mom, some picked in my yard, some bought at my local store.
Jars. I'm going to use a variety of different sizes jars. Most smaller jars. Nicer to grab small jars so it takes less time to be able to open the next jar.
Yes. There is a method to the madness. Basically, you need clean jars. Lids. The produce. The processing to seal the jars. Lastly, a place to store the produce.
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Jelly Cooker Pan aka Large Stock Pot
Choice - Liquid or Powdered Sure Jell - Today Liquid
I'm using the Jack La Lanne juicer. It's on a cutting board so the measuring cup fits under the spout. The berries will go in the top, get separated into pulp and seeds, and juice.
Incoming Berries from Various Sources - Frozen Now Thawed
The funnel fits in the opening of the juicer. It has a large hole in the bottom and a large port on the top. Perfect for dumping a box of berries into. I used a wooden spoon to press the berries through.
Initially used the stick end, but then decided the spoon end worked better, plus it didn't fall through the bottom. Plus, plus!
A Large Mouth Funnel Keeps Berries Together
Small Amount of Drip-age by Collection Tub
Fruit in the hopper. Juice in the reservoir. Seeds and useless slop in the tub.
Ok. All my fruit is processed except the grape vine grapes. Those I want to do separate in case my idea was stupid.
Juicer Even Separated Vines and Seeds from Juice - It Works!
8 cups Berry Juice - 2 Five Pound Bags Sugar
Bring fruit, sugar and butter to boil. Then, once it's really boiling, add liquid sure jell and boil that for at least a minute.
Then, start putting in jars.
Wipe slop and drips from jar. Add lid and ring. Tighten. Once the jars are all filled, the metal carrier goes into the water bath canner. 10 minutes or so.
Once they are taken out of the water, the cooling causes a vacuum effect and the lids seal.