After you read the lengthy list of ingredients in commercial jelly mixes, you’d think it was hard to make.
All you need are four ingredients: juice, water, sugar, and agar agar. And all it takes is the time it takes to boil water and keep it bubbling for two minutes. That’s it!
First, here’s a how-to video for you. The recipe is just below.
- 1-1/4 cups juice (see notes, below)
- 3/4 cups water
- 1/4 cup cane sugar, or whichever kind you prefer
- 1/2 teaspoon agar agar
- Measure out juice.
- Add water to bring liquid up to 2 cups.
- Stir in sugar.
- Mix in agar agar.
- Bring it all to a boil, stirring often.
- Once it boils, time it to boil for a full two minutes, stirring frequently.
- After two minutes, remove it from the heat and pour into serving or storage containers.
- Chill well until set, about two hours or so.
- Ensure your juice is very good quality, and has no additives, including Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, or sugars/sweeteners.
- Choose a fruit juice that will have strong flavours. Oddly, I was very disappointed with a black cherry that I tried, but I might experiment with it some more.
- Use whichever sugar pleases you. I’ve only used beet sugar and cane sugar, and both work fine.
- Experiment with different juices before you really need to have it succeed. On occasion, I find a brand or a flavour needs more agar agar, in which case I bump it up to 3/4 teaspoon.
Figuring out how to make jelly was a key obstacle to solving how to make trifle, our annual Christmas dessert. Once I cracked this puzzle, the rest was almost easy to work out! I’ll post the whole thing in the site one of these days… (Think: Seven different parts!)