wax on top of jellies

ozark hen

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Can someone tell me ...do I cook up my batch of grape jam and pour into jars and then just cover with melted parafin wax? that way I can use my jars that don't have the processing lids just the store screw on ones like the ones from salsa, etc.
 

karanleaf

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Yes Mamm you can. That's the way my Grammy did it, that's the way my Stepmother has done it for years and always has good jelly and apple & peach butter.. Yum Yum
Karan
 

ozark hen

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thank you so much. I have seen jellies with parafin tops and have received them but never made any. Well, wish me luck
 

horsejody

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Be careful. Botulism, mold, etc. can grow in some foods. If you use lids, you can process them in a hot water bath and kill pathogens. Sealing with just wax is not as safe. I know some families have done it this way for years with no trouble, but there is some risk.
 

horsejody

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Here is an excerpt from the USDA publication.

"Because of possible mold contamination, paraffin or wax seals are no longer recommended for any sweet spread, including jellies. To prevent growth of molds and loss of good flavor or color, fill products hot into sterile Mason jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace, seal with self-sealing lids, and process 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Correct process time at higher elevations by adding 1 additional minute per 1,000 ft above sea level. If unsterile jars are used, the filled jars should be processed 10 minutes. Use of sterile jars is preferred, especially when fruits are low in pectin, since the added 5-minute process time may cause weak gels."
 

ozark hen

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It's ok Jody, I decided to put the jam into the quart jars after all since I couldn't find my block of wax. thanks
 

FloridaChickenChick

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My grandmother used to make the best elderberry jam and wild strawberry jam...always sealed with paraffin and we suffered no ill effects.

But the botulism risk is real, and I'm afraid to can that way. Since I don't want to be afraid of my own food
I use the seals and lids and process them in the water bath.

Yummmm.....QUARTS of good grape jam! I'm so jealous!
 

ozark hen

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Well, I tried making it
no luck. I had three quarts of "grape jam". I kept cooking it trying to get it to the "sheet" stage. I thought it was there but when it was poured into the jars and cooled off......... very loose and runny. Plus, stuff looks like watered down applesauce!
So now I am thinking of straining it through cheese cloth but want to use sure jell to make it into jelly but not real sure as to how to do it?
 

karanleaf

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I had that trouble myself and ended up using it for pancakes and frenchtoast. Was good that way.

The problem was the Sure jel was out dated so you might want to check and see what the expiration date is. Other than that I don't know what it could be.
I only use the recipe on with the SureJel. Or wait a few days or couple of weeks and see if it sets up more.
Hope your next batch comes out.

Let me know
Karan
 

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