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It is true Lemon helps make the pectin in the fruit 'work' .. I found out my problem was that I had OVER ripe cranberries !! If berries are OVER ripe they tend to take longer to process .. I did RE do the batch .. added lemon/sugar and certo .. but .. it only helped a bit .. I now have 8 jars of 'cranberry syrup'. I am going to try and bake with it somehow ..
Next time, use Pomona's Pectin. It seems more expensive per box than Certo or Sure-Jell, but one box does 3-4 batches. It works by a calcium water addition (the calcium powder is a separate package in the box) and will jell with far less sugar... or even no sugar. I swear I think it would jell water
I'm sure I'll be able to use the 'stuff' on chicken, ribs etc (not chicken ribs though) LoL I think it'd be OK .. perhaps even in turkey dressing .. there's lotsa sugar in it, but, High Bush Cranberries (even with sugar) are a tart berry ..
I have 4 cups left and plan to make juice concentrate from it .. now THAT is tart !!! Have to add soda water and sugar (sweetener) and brace yourself when you have a shot of it, BUT, great for the old bladder :-)
Darius .. haven't seen Pomona's Pectin here in Canada, will have to look .. usually just Certo ot Bernardin .. I THINK I may have seen Sure-Jell.
32F here this morning, the frost is REALLY on the pumpkins !!!
As I went about my business yesterday, I remembered a line from my own 4-H demonstration (60 years ago!!!) wherein I extolled the high pectin content of cranberries!!!! Though I never worked with fresh cranberries where that was an issue, it certainly makes sense to my pickled brain that being "too ripe" would be significant.
Wannadanc .. what happened was .. I made the first 8 jars from fresh picked cranberries that had JUST started to ripen .. mashing them before cooking them was some tough .. but .. the end product was awesome .. from 8 cups of cranberries, I got 7 jars of beautiful claret coloured clear jelly ..
I had eight cups left and I let them sit, sometimes in the sun, on the kitchen table for 4 days .. so .. when I went to mash the next 8 cups prior to cooking .. WELL .. my ceramic backsplash sure got a good cleaning LoL .. the berries were poppin and splashing juice. I thought, WOW, these babies are going to make UBER awesome jelly ... pffffftttttttttttt
Seems the longer we sit .. and the older we get .. we berries get 'pectin lazy' .. lesson learned, and, I refuse to let it go to waste ..
In fact, I may make pancakes this Sunday and put out one of the jars for syrup .. it tastes wonderful ... as only cranberries can ..
Susan .. the tapioca suggestion will work I hope .. was looking forward to making cranberry loaf or muffins ..
Quite the experience is all I can say .. not all bad either .. look at the wonderful folks who tried to help me out ^_^ can't beat that !!