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Tart Basil Jelly

Yield Makes 7 (1/2-pint) jars
Serve this jelly or any of the other variations atop goat cheese or cream cheese with crispy crackers for a last-minute appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 6 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages liquid fruit pectin

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan. Add pectin, and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Remove and discard basil leaves; skim off any foam.

  2. Pour hot mixture immediately into hot, sterilized jars, filling to 1/4 inch from top. Remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands.

  3. Process in boiling-water bath 5 minutes.

  4. Southwest Jelly: Add 1 seeded and thinly sliced jalapeño pepper, and substitute 1 cup cilantro leaves for 1 cup basil leaves. Substitute 20 drops red liquid food coloring for 6 drops of green food coloring.

  5. Mint Jelly: Substitute 1 cup mint leaves for 1 cup basil leaves.

  6. Note: Jellies usually require only 5 minutes of processing because of their higher acid content.