Mayhaws are similar to crabapple & grow from the Hawthorne tree & harvested in May, hence Mayhaw. I have made many types of jelly, but this is my first try @ Mayhaw. I think this may become my most favorite, even though I haven't tried it on a biscuit or toast, yet. Just a swipe from what was left in the pot after making it. Mmmmmm!
1 box Ball Natural Gel No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin
1 gallon mayhaw berries (yielding 4 cups juice)
3 cups sugar
1/2 t. butter or margarine
Rinse berries in colander & put in large pot. Cover slightly w/water. Bring berries to a boil. Stir gently. Put lid on pot & boil for about 10 minutes. Remove lid & mash berries gently to extract more juice. Pour berries into strainer & measure off 4 cups juice.
Put juice in double boiler & stir in packet of fruit pectin, stirring while pouring. (I like to use a whisk)
Measure 3 cups sugar into bowl. Set aside.
When juice in double boiler continues to boil, stir in sugar gently. Continue stirring until it returns to a boil. After returning to a boil, continue stirring & boil for 1 minute.
Have sterilized jars ready to pour jelly mixture into. Have lids in small pan of hot water. Pour jelly into jars, wipe rim of any jelly and place hot lid on top of jar. Place ring on jar & twist until snug. Turn jelly jars upside down for 5 minutes. Then turn right-side up. Jelly will seal as it cools. Any jars that have not sealed after cooling will need to be placed in the refrigerator & used first. You will know if it has not sealed by pressing into the center of the lid and it has a little bubble that pops back up. They will be sealed if it doesn't pop back up when pressed.
Any questions, just PM me & I will be glad to help. I love making jelly & would be glad to be of service to anyone that wants to learn how.