Beer Jelly Recipe
In the world of gourmet oddities this little ditty is one that tends to take people off guard.. Beer jelly is something that was thought up partly as a joke and partly as something new to try. See there was a friend who lived on the other side of the country. He very much liked a local beer here. So the beer jelly was born as a funny Christmas gift to send cross country. Since it was first made it has been made with home town hero's favorite brews and shipped over seas to war zones as well as packaged up and given as gifts here at home. Though most exclaim in surprise to see what type of jelly has been given it has not yet happened that someone did not like the sweet, even those who do not like beer seem to be quite fond of this tasty treat.
The recipe is quite simple and contains only a few ingredients. Any beer can be used, though fuller flavored beers hold up better to the sweetness. Color varies per brew so if making as gifts several different hued brews make for a striking display. When it all comes down to it though it is best to use your favorite beer. A citrus is used as the acid for this recipe and again choose which flavor you like best though it will really be nothing more then a hint in the background. This recipe makes about 4, 8 oz. jars. Make sure jars have been sterilized and warmed to avoid contamination or cracking.
3 cups favorite beer
3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
3 cups sugar
1 (3 oz) package of liquid pectin
In a non reactive pot bring the beer to a boil, put to simmer and add sugar one cup at a time making sure each amount has fully dissolved before adding the next cup. Once sugar is all dissolved add pectin and bring back up to a simmer and let cook for 3 minutes. Add juice and pour into warm sterilized jars. Clean up rims and place on lids, loosely tighten bands so they will hold but will not leak, turn jars upside down for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes has passed turn jars right side up and let finish cooling. Most of the time you will hear the bing of the top sealing but sometimes they will need to be gently pushed down or it may happen a little later as the jelly cools. If the jar does not seal put in fridge.
Oh no it didn't jell! Relax this happens for many reasons as jelly really can be temperamental. Reasons can vary from the acidity in the liquid used to temperature of room or altitude of area. No worries though there is an easy fix besides using the unjelled jelly as a topping for ice cream. Simply re-heat jelly until simmering and add half a punch of pectin and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Re-jar and so forth. This trick works with pretty much any jelly that decides not to jell.
Now one might wonder what to use beer jelly on. Well it is very pretty in a bowl served up with plain or cracked pepper crackers and cheese. More unusual applications would be to use it on hot dogs or burgers. It also makes a good glaze for chicken and pork as well as gamier meats such as elk or venison.