Monday, May 23, 2011

Corn Cob Jelly

The other day I commented on another blog that I made corn cob jelly.  Discussion ensued.  I looked for the blog post but it seems I never blogged about it?  I don't even know how that's possible.  I should have at least mentioned to y'all that I made jelly from corn cobs.  That's certainly blog worthy.  So I don't have photos but in the end the jelly is a very pale yellow color - nearly clear if you don't add food coloring.  And the flavor is very similar to honey.  It's great on or in anything you would use either jelly or honey.  Toast, sandwiches, as a glaze for fruit tarts, over cream cheese with crackers, on ham, etc...  It's a very waste not, want not recipe.  But I am going to try to find a lower sugar version this year.  If anyone has one, I'd love to try it.


* 6-12 ears of corn, depending on what's hanging around your house
* 6 cups of water
* 1 box powdered fruit pectin
* 4 cups sugar
* yellow food coloring

* Cut corn off cobs.  Reserve for another recipe/use.
* In a large pot, boil cobs and water.  (I don't think I used all 12 ears but use your best judgement.)
* Boil for 10 minutes.  Remove and discard corn cobs.  Strain liquid through fine strainer or cheesecloth or clean, wide weave dish towel.
* You will need 3 cups of liquid.  Add water if necessary.
* Return liquid to pot and add pectin.  Bring to full boil.
* Add sugar.  Bring to boil.  Boil for one more minute.
* Remove from heat.  Skim any foam.  Add a few drops of food coloring to desired color.
* Poor into sterilized jelly jars.  Add lids, rings and process in water bath for 10 minutes.
* Allow to cool as normal until jelly sets.  Setting will take several hours.

It's really a very simple process.  Takes under and hour from start to finish.  And makes a lovely addition to a hostess gift or morning breakfast.  People will think you're crazy at first but then request more the next time they see you.  Enjoy!

So here's the thing about me.  I LOVE canning.  But I don't actually eat jams and jellies all that often.  I just like the process of making them.  So bizarre.

Next time I make this I will try to remember to take photos.  But it's a very pale yellow color.  Just lovely really!


Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

I have never heard of this.
Gosh I really wonder if my Grandmother did this. It really sounds so her! She L~O~V~E~D canning, cooking and the farm!

Mrs. Kindergarten

REBrown said...

This is a big touristy thing where we live, but I've never had it. I might just have to give it a try.


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