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Rose Hip Jelly Made From Wild Fruit

Isabel D. Wolf and William Schafer

Jelly is made from fruit juice and sugar. A gel structure will be achieved only if the mixture contains sufficient pectin. Often commercial pectin will be added to obtain this desired structure. Rose hips should be picked after the first killing frost for best flavor and jelling. This jelly is a good source of Vitamin C.

Extraction of juice from the fruit is the first step in the preparation of fruit jelly.

  1. When extracting juice for pectin-added jelly use ripe rose hips.
  2. Remove blossom remnants and stems from rose hips.
  3. Wash the in cool running water.
  4. Add water to cover the rose hips.
  5. Bring to a boil in a covered stainless steel or enamel kettle and then simmer for 15 minutes, or until soft.
  6. Cool and strain through cheesecloth or a damp jelly bag.
  7. One pound of rose hips will give close to 2 cups juice.

Rose Hip Jelly Recipe

  • 4 cups rose hip juice
  • 7 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 box (2 pouches) liquid pectin
Measure juice and stir in sugar. Place on high heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a full, rolling boil. Add the liquid pectin and heat to a full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat; Skim off foam. Pour jelly into hot, sterilized half-pint jars to 1/4 inch of top and seal with two-piece canning lids.* Process in a boiling water bath for 6 minutes (10 minutes for cold, unsterile jars).

* The use of paraffin is no longer recommended. Minnesota Extension advises the use of two-piece lids.

Revised by LouAnn Jopp 2011

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