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North Liberty, IN
The pretty green jelly is really good with cream cheese as an appetizer on crackers. I also like to combine a jar with 1 cup of barbecue sauce and simmer cocktail meatballs in the mixture. I grow fresh basil find the flavor so much better than the dried basil.
Ingredients For basil jelly
2 cfirmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 pkg(1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
3-4drops green food coloring
How To Make basil jelly
1In a large saucepan, bring water and basil to a boil. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and discard basil. Return 3-2/3 cups liquid to the pan. Stir in pectin and food coloring. Return to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the sugar. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and skim off foam.
2Carefully ladle hot mixture into sterilized hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Makes 6 half-pints.
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