Sweet Apple Cider Jelly

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  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1.75 oz. package low or no sugar needed powdered pectin
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


  1. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar to the contents of the pectin package in a bowl.
  2. Mix remaining granulated sugar and brown sugar in another bowl.
  3. Bring the apple cider to a boil in a large pot, along with the cinnamon stick, lemon zest, cloves and ginger.
  4. Strain the cider into a bowl to remove the cinnamon stick, lemon zest and cloves. Return cider to pot. (You tie the spices into a cheesecloth instead, but this method is handy if you don’t happen to have cheesecloth.)
  5. Once the apple cider boils, add the sugar-pectin mixture and let it come to a boil again, stirring constantly. Add the other sugar mixture and bring to a boil again. Boil for 1 minute.
  6. Pour into canning jars. If you plan to freeze the jelly, leave 3/4 inch of space between the top of the jelly and the lid because the contents will expand as it freezes.
  7. Let cool. Refrigerate or freeze.