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    Default Low bush Cranberries

    I am looking for some jelly recipes to use with the cranberries. I live in a town called Central here in AK and my yard is FULL of them and not living here but a few months I am not exactly used to making jellies and things from all the wonderful berries there are here in this great state. I am also interested in other cranberry recipes as well.

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    Default here's a good recipe

    Grandma’s Easy Cranberry Jam without pectin
    • 1 lb cranberries
    • ˝ cups water
    • 2 cups sugar


    • grind/mash or put in blender the cranberries and water. Then boil about 6 minutes
    • add sugar and boil about 3 minutes longer. Pour into sterile jars. For long term storage: process jars 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

    Cranberries have sufficient acid and natural pectin to gel. However, many recipes still call for pectin. Try the following recipe if you want your product to always have the same consistency and be more like jelly, rather than jam. My family likes a little variety so if one batch comes out a little thicker than another it is “no biggie”. We tend to go with the easy recipe .

    A sure fire way to test if your jam/jelly has reached the right sugar concentration to gel without added pectin is to use a candy thermometer and record the exact temperature at which the mixture first boils (this temp could vary due to altitude or weather). Continue to boil. When the temperature registers 8F to 10F above the initial boiling point the jelly is done.


    Here's another recipe for Cranberry jam using pectin

    • 2lbs ripe cranberries (about 7 1/2 cups)
    • 4 cups water
    • 5 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon butter (optional)
    • 1 (3 oz envelope) fruit pectin


    • STIR sugar into prepared fruit in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming, if desired. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly.
    • STIR in pectin quickly. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam with metal spoon.
    • LADLE into prepared jars. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath to preserve and seal jars.
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    He wouldn't have given us grandmothers. ~Linda Henley

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    We love the low bush cranberries. My wife adds them to muffins, pancakes and tonight she made a blueberry cobbler with a mixture of low bush mixed in along with some nuts for good measure. Yum

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    Coffee cake is my favorite use for them. The "Alaska berry cookbook" has the recipe I use but suppose any recipe could be adapted.

    KK

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    I have been gone from AK for 40 years & want to buy some Low Bush cranberries for my wife....Would you pick and ship some from Central for money???? I have not been to Central in 60 years...Friend of mine Lee Montgomery retired there but passed away years ago....As a boy Scout we camped at Cathedral Rocks which was down the road to the hot springs.....long long ago but still have good memories growing up in that area with the cariboo herds so large the car had to stop while thousands ran accross the road both in front and back pulverizing the vegetation....Lloyd....Email...lloydsea@webtv.net

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    I live up north and last night it was down to 9 degrees so i think the berry season is over. Unless you can find someone who picked lots this fall and canned or froze enough of them to part with some you may be out of luck this year. Maybe your best bet would be to put out a post next August and see if you have any takers.

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