Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Soda Pop Jelly

A few months ago I tried my hand at jelly making and canning for the first time. Since I am weird/quirky/crazy, I couldn't do something normal and obvious like grape jelly  or strawberry jam. I had to make Root Beer jelly followed by a batch of Ginger Ale jelly.
It sounds strange, but it turned out really good. The jelly itself is pretty sweet and tastes great with something salty like peanut butter, or even just spread over a cracker.
Because it's so unique, when ever you tell someone that you made Root Beer Jelly (or whatever flavor), they will want to try it!


Tips:
  • Do NOT use diet soda for this particular recipe. The artificial sweetner used in it will alter your results.
  • If you have never done any canning before, do some research first. I don't know enough about the subject to feel comfortable giving instructions on how to safely can.
  • If you want a less sweet Root Beer jelly, cut back the soda to 1/2 a cup and replace with 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of root beer extract. They don't make extracts in other soda flavors, so this only works with root beer.
  • This recipe makes about 2 pints. You can easily double it.
  • Make sure to refrigerate for a few days for it to fully gel up.



Soda Pop Jelly

1 cup Soda (not diet)
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
3 oz  liquid pectin



In a large pot combin root beer, sugar and water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the mixture is at a full, hard boil, add the liquid pectin. Bring back to a boil while still stirring.Once mixture has achieved a full boil start a timer for 30 seconds (still stirring constantly). When the 30 seconds is up, quickly remove from heat. 

Ladle into clean, hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch of head room. Place lids/rings on jars and process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

Once processed, let sit on counter for several hours to cool. The lids should pop and become concave to create a vacuum seal..

Store in refrigerator for 3-5 days to allow jelly to fully firm up.




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20 comments:

Shelli @ Style Ingenuity said...

Visiting from Tuesday Tag Along. I will have to try the jelly recipe with the Root Beer. My kids love that flavor! Now following you through Google Connect.

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Cara said...

That jelly sounds amaizing, At first I thought I had read it wrong LOL

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Yenta Mary said...

I tried making root beer jelly once, and it didn't set properly; it probably would have been good as a sauce for a sundae, but I think it just got thrown away when it was clear no one was going to use it. I'm glad yours worked! I may have to try it again ....

Lisa said...

That's amazing! Never would have thought of it on my own. I'm a happy follower. :)

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The Baby Store Plus said...

Hi, Visiting from To the TOP Tuesday Blog Hop!

I should not have visited your site just before lunch...you recipes and pics are really making me HUNGRY!

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Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh this is sooo interesting. I'm totally going to try this. Thanks for the great idea.


Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
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Popcorn Served Daily said...

Sounds de-lish!

Hi,

I'm on a Tuesday Tag Along.

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Just Me said...

Thanks for joining the Tuesday Train. I hope to see you next week. Have a great week!

RoseBelle said...

Not so sure where I can find liquid pectin... but this recipe is simple enough (I hope) for someone like me.

Pumpkin Tart said...

Rose, liquid pectin can be found near other canning supplies/ingredients in most grocery stores. I know Wal-Mart carries it for a fact, I've seen it at at least 3 other grocery stores as well.
Ball Fruit Jell and Certa SureGel are two of the bigger brands.

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Thank you so much for following me. I am returning the favor and I am now your latest follower.

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Katie @ Left Hand Reviews said...

Just came by via Tuesday TagAlong... LOVING this idea! How fun!

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Historical Writer/Editor said...

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Jo said...

My hsb would adore Pepsi jelly, my adult kids mountain dew...hmmm great idea for xmas - will bookmark it Thanks visiting from NFF

The American Homemaker said...

So fun... I'm planning on doing some soda-pop jellies today... I'm out looking for ideas, there are so many different recipes.

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