Got my press made and came out with 3 gallons so far.
Oops, I don’t have that many gallon jugs.
So 1 gallon for cider, 1 gallon for hard cider (I have plenty of beer bottles and caps) and one gallon for jelly.
I’m having a hard time believing that the waterbath the Sure-Jell instructions suggest does anything.
Last time I made cherry jam the instructions said to turn them upside down while cooling (so the fruit wouldn’t all float to the lid). There was no canning to it.
Seems to me that 9 cups of sugar and 7 cups of liquid brought to a full rolling boil is going to be hotter than boiling water. This was the first time ever that my water bath kept on boiling during the addition of jars.
Anyone know who sells gallons of bottled water with screw tops? I don’t drink much so turning it all into hard cider isn’t my favorite choice and one gallon of jelly will already have me giving it away (I should have at least 6 gallons more).