Friday, June 26, 2009

Port Wine Jelly

Sunday when we were on our strawberry jam frenzy we were using a recipe that called for sherry but Matt decided he'd rather use a bottle of port that has been sitting in our stash in the basement. That meant we were opening a whole bottle for just 1/2 cup to be used in a recipe. What to do with the rest beyond having a Sunday afternoon drinking spree? Well, port wine jelly of course!
port wine jelly
We canned this into 4-oz jars because we think it will be used more as a condiment than as a jelly. We imagine it as a glaze for pork or ham, served on a bruschetta with blue cheese or on a panini with brie. I've read that this type of jelly used to be served as dessert with a little cream even.

Port Wine Jelly
(from The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving)

2 c port wine (this will also work with any robust, dry red wine)
1/4 c lemon juice
3 1/2 c sugar
1 pouch liquid fruit pectin

Prepare the jars & lids for canning. Jars should be boiled in water for 20 minutes & lids for 5 minutes.

Place the wine, lemon juice and sugar in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat & boil hard for 1 minute while stirring constantly (boiling should not stop when stirred). Remove from the heat & stir in the pectin.

Ladle into 9 hot sterilized 4-oz jars leaving about 1/4-inch headroom. Clean off the tops of the jars & cover with a lid. Close with a neckband & finger-tighten. Process in boiling water for 10 minutes. Turn off heat & let sit for 5 minutes. Remove jars from the water to a heat-proof surface & let cool for 12 - 24 hours (do not dry jars). Check to make sure the top of the jar has been drawn downwards, creating a seal. If it hasn't either reprocess that jar or store it in the fridge to be eaten within 3 weeks. Remove the neckbands & store jam in a cool dark place.

Makes about 36-oz

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8 comments:

Grace said...

this would be FABULOUS paired with brie! i envision that classic baked brie with puff pastry and some walnuts. mmm.

Cate O'Malley said...

Sounds delicious!

Lori said...

I've seen port jelly before, but I don't think I've ever had it. Sounds great. I envy your skill at canning. My mom has always canned and it is a skill I want to master at some point.

Megan said...

I love the idea of this port wine jelly. It's just unusual enough to make a great Christmas present. Stumbled this jewel!

Lori said...

It sounds amazingly delicious.

pixen said...

The color is beautiful and thank you for sharing the recipe too. I haven't try this version before.

Foodycat said...

This sort of jelly is traditionally served as a sauce with roast meats in England. I actually have a jar that I bought ages ago (but Paul doesn't really like it). It also is lovely to give a bit of richness to a balsamic reduction for a steak.

You got a beautiful colour!

Mark said...

Kat, I will give this a try. I have a port that might be better as a jelly than as a port.

And I thought of Foodycat's roast meat linkage. I can see it as a nice compliment to a horseradish sauce for a tougher roast like a rump roast.

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