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Gingerbread Spice Jelly Recipe

Gingerbread Spice Jelly Recipe

I've made batches of this simple jelly, a winner at our county fair, to give as gifts for many years. When the jars are empty, people return them for a refill. —Robin Nagel, Whitehall, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Process: 10 min. YIELD:40 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 18 gingerbread spice tea bags
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep 30 minutes.
  • 2. Discard tea bags. Stir in the sugar, apple juice and butter. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Continue to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • 3. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into five hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • 4. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool. (Jelly may take up to 2 weeks to set.) Yield: 5 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 91 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

Reviews for Gingerbread Spice Jelly

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darcyb User ID: 153765 238930
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"I made this last year and this year. As long as you follow the recipe it should gel. Last year I made 1 single batch which jelled nicely and 1 double batch which never did gel, but made great pancake syrup!"

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emvm User ID: 5611618 235578
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I made this jelly and it is delicious. I worried it wouldn't set after reading the reviews, but it was completely set within 12 hours. It smells and tastes like gingerbread cookies and is not too sweet. I got only 4 jars with a little left over. It's great for gift giving and is so easy to make that I will certainly make more. A definite keeper and I see why its a blue ribbon winner"

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 231440
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"Our Test Kitchen recommends you never stray from the ingredient amounts or methods listed in a canning recipe. Not only can the results be unfavorable, they can be unsafe. Taste of Home stands by the guidelines set out by the USDA and suggests our readers do the same.

Make sure your pectin is super fresh. The Test Kitchen did find it continued to gel as it aged.
Sue Stetzel
Online Community / Field Editor Manager
Taste of Home Magazine"

MY REVIEW
Donalee2 User ID: 1654265 231420
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"I ALMOST ALWAYS USE LESS SUGAR THAN A RECIPE CALLS FOR. IT IS UAUALLY WAY TOO SWEET. THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING SO WILL GIVE IT A TRY. I MAKE A LOT OF JELLY AND DIFFERENT KINDS. OF COURSE THE KIDS AND GRANDKIDS LOVE IT ALL TOO. DONALEE2

IF MY JELLY DOESN'T JELL I USE IT FOR SYRUP ON PANCAKES. WORKS REALLY WELL FOR THAT."

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tweetydah User ID: 3933461 218706
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015 Edited Oct. 20, 2015

"I followed the recipe exactly, using Holiday Gingerbread Spice Tea. I like the taste, but it never did set. It came out more like a syrup. (I am experienced at making jam & jelly.) Followup 9 months later; it still did not gel. Followed recipe exactly and pectin was fresh."

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emily_650 User ID: 8160761 214995
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"Made this with both Gingerbread Spice and Sugar Plum Spice teas from Celestial Seasonings and both were a great success! I personally didn't find either jelly too sweet for their purpose and they set without an issue doing the recipe as written. They'll make great gifts and will certainly become a Christmas tradition for my family."

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tiger642 User ID: 1884611 121166
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014 Edited Dec. 31, 2014

"To make this recipe I ordered online the Holiday Gingerbread Spice Celestial Tea bags.

Followed the directions exactly as printed, disappointed as the jelly never did set.
It had a nice flavor and I didn't want it to go to waste, so, I purchased pancake syrup type bottles with corks, and used it for gifts that way. What a job.... I make jellies regularly and have great success, but this failed my expectations. Only 2 stars as it wasn't a total failure,
but spent to much $$$ ....will not attempt a second try !"

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Effiesue User ID: 8085635 180825
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Has anyone made this using the exact recipe? This sounds like a lot of pectin. I'm going to make this today and a little hesitant. I don't really like the taste of liquid pectin so wondering if I can use just one pack or if it can be made with powdered."

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clsnow User ID: 7397063 180824
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I used a pumpkin spice tea because I could not find gingerbread tea and it turned out so good! Even my mother-in-law loved it, and she makes the best jam I've ever had from her extensive garden. I can't wait to try this with a wide variety of teas! I agree with others that it was very sweet, but that also helps me eat a smaller serving and keep better tabs on portion control ;)"

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Ron65 User ID: 1226094 137588
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"I have a smoothtop stove. Can I use a canner on that type of cooktop? If so, what kind?"

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el4n6dir User ID: 1369211 119822
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I first tried this with sugar plum spice tea and it was really good. It made excellent Christmas gifts in small jars."

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SilverMaple User ID: 5359899 196896
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I couldn't find the exact tea called for in the recipe, so subbed a Ginger Lemon tea. It turned out very well, although next time I make it I will use a low-sugar Pectin. This jelly is beautiful and set up well, but is VERY sweet as written. Still, packaged in 4 oz jelly jars it is a very cute addition to my homemade holiday gifts this year."

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cookergrrl User ID: 4871665 121153
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"This is Christmas in teensy jars for gift giving!

i used no sugar pectin(all i had) and took the sugar down to 1.5 cups. if you like ginger snaps this is a different twist. no problems with setting up.. made no other alterations."

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