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Reader favourite: Home Made Mint Jelly

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I am on a mission to make a selection of xmas goodies over the next few days. Today I started with Mint Jelly – a recipe that arrived in my inbox from Hansells. If you have a green thumb and have plenty of mint waiting to be used this recipe is just for you! Its super easy and doesnt take to long!

All you need is:

  • 1 1/2 cups very firmly packed mint leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 packet Hansells Jam Setting Mix
  • 500g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hansells Green Food Colouring

Now the fun begins!

  • Wash and dry the mint leaves, then chop the leaves finely.
  • Place in a saucepan with the water, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and pour through a jelly bag or clean tea towel lined sieve (I used this option). Leave to drain, resisting the temptation to squeeze the bag (tea towel).
  • Measure the liquid and make up to 2 cups with water.
  • Return to a clean saucepan (I used the same one – just gave it a quick wash out).
  • Add viniger and stir in the Jam setting mix until dissolved.
  • Bring to the boil aand boil for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add the sugar, stiring until dissolved. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 12 – 15 minutes (I boiled for 12 minutes). Stir occasionally to prevent catching.
  • Remove from the heat and mix in the chopped mint and green food colouring (I mixed blue and yellow to make green – a few drops of each). Leave to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Pour into hot, clean, dry jars. (I washed the jars in soapy water before starting the jelly, and popped then in the oven on a low temp. This ensured the jars were dry and hot by the time I neede them)
  • Cover when cold and label.

Store in a cool, dark place and refridgerate once opened.

Makes about 3 cups (I only got 2 cups)

It smells amazing!!!

I popped wee ribbons around the tops of each jar and they have been popped in a draw ready for Christmas! This recipe was really easy I was a little gutteres that I only got two cups but I am going to make some more tomorrow!

If you are wondering about he Hansells Jam Setting Mix you will find this at your local supermarket – in the baking area for about $2

Thank you Hansells for this recipe – I am unable to find it on there website to provide a link but am happy to send the email to anyone who may which to receive it!

 

nzgirl

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