Peach Pit Jelly
- peach pits, enough to half fill a large kettle
- enough water to cover pits
- 5 cups sugar
- 1 pkg powdered pectin
- Prepare 4 half pint jars and lids by sterilizing them, keeping them hot, and get your hot water bath canner ready.
- Throw peach pits from cooking, eating or canning project into a large kettle, cover with fresh water (a couple inches over the pits) and just set aside on the counter overnight.
- Note: You want to end up with at least 4 cups of juice after boiling. The more pits you have in the pot of water, the richer and darker the jelly will be.
- The next day put the pot on the stove and bring to a boil, cooking for about 30 to 45 minutes at a nice, rolling boil, but not too hard. Stir occasionally. Remember, you want to end up with 4 cups of juice, so add more water if you need to, and continue to boil.
- Remove from heat and let sit long enough to handle.
- Set up a 'jelly bag' over a pot, or lay several sheets of cheesecloth in a large colander suspended over a large pot.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared strainer and allow to strain; do not push or force it.
- When totally strained, measure 4 cups juice into a large cooking pot, stir in the sugar until it's dissolved, and put back on medium-high heat to return to a boil.
- When it boils, stir in the pectin, and return to a rapid boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
- Test with your cold metal spoon for doneness by dipping the spoon in the liquid and removing. When jelly no longer drips from the spoon and slides off slowly in a sheet instead, it has jelled properly.
- Remove the pot from the heat, skim off any foam, and ladle hot mixture into hot, sterilized jars, leaving about ¼ to ½ inch headspace in jar. Apply the lids and process in hot water canner for 10 to 15 minutes (adjusting for altitude.)
- Remove from heat, let sit for 5 minutes, then remove jars to a towel covered counter, leaving plenty of room in between jars for air circulation.
- Let sit undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours.
- Yields 4 half pint jars.
Recipe by Hillbilly Housewife at http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/peach-pit-jelly.htm