We are rushing about getting ready for the holidays. I have been shopping and wrapping, baking and planning, decorating and sorting. Through all of the rushing around I have started to feel the excitement of the season. People around me are in a festive, giving mood. Holiday lights are twinkling in the night sky and memories of Christmases past are rushing through my head.
Every year around this time I have great intentions of making some homemade gifts for family and friends. It seems so much more meaningful to receive something that has been made especially for you. This holiday I have made a few things including this sumptuous jelly.
I started early and made some of my sister’s Port Wine Jelly. Whenever I have been fortunate enough to receive a jar of this jelly from my sister, I have treated it like a special treasure. It has a rich dark flavour that works so well with cheese tray or meat. Everyone in my family loves it, so it disappears quickly.
I asked my sister to share her secret to making such a wonderful product and she said to be sure that you use a good quality port. That sounded pretty easy to me, so I set out for my local liquor store and found some Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage port. I am happy to say that the results are exactly as I had hoped.
I cannot wait to share these little jars of rich, dark, ruby-red jelly with my family and friends this holiday!
Port Wine Jelly
Makes 8 -8 oz. jelly jars
4 cups port wine (use a good quality port for best results)
6 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
12 oz. liquid fruit pectin
Sterilize 8 jars, rings and lids by placing them in a large saucepan. Fill with water up to a minimum of 2 inches above the jars, and boil for 10 minutes. Leave in the hot water until you are ready to fill them.
In the top of a double boiler combine port, sugar cinnamon and cloves. Place over rapidly boiling water and heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Pour port mixture into a pot and over direct heat continue to heat. Add the pectin and bring to a rolling boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Skim off any foam that has risen to the surface.
Ladle jelly into the sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch of room at the top. Put the lids and rings on the jars and place the jars in the sterilizing pot making sure that they are covered with water. Boil for 10 minutes.
Remove the jars from the pot with jar tongs and let cool on a wire rack. The tops will pop as they seal after the heat bath.
Label the jars and store in a cool, dark place until ready to open. Refrigerate, after opening.