Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Green tea jelly {and a green tea giveaway!}


This was my first time canning jelly! I know that seems weird since I can a lot of food each year, but it's true. I was a little nervous about making this jelly because not only did I decide to try making jelly for the first time, but I also wanted to use the homemade green apple pectin recipe from Liana Krissoff's wonderful book Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry. I'm loving this book and one of the recipes I wanted to try right away was the tea jelly. Lucky for me, I was recently provided with a sampler of different types of loose leaf green teas from Teavivre, a Chinese tea company. You can see two of the teas in the photo above/below and these are the two that I used to make the jelly. We have also used them to make tea for drinking and have enjoyed all the flavors. I especially love the whole leaf tea because it is so pretty and green. As you all know, I love tea so I was super excited to be able to try these teas and also use them in a fun recipe!

The tea jelly recipe is also from Krissoff's book (slightly modified). The recipe says you can use any tea you like, so I used two different loose leaf green teas. The aroma of the jelly is quite wonderful and the taste is very unique. It would be perfect for a tea party! While it is of course terrific on biscuits, scones, and toast, you can also use this jelly as a glaze for salmon or chicken - mix in some ginger, garlic, and chiles when you spread it on and it would be perfect for a savory dish! 

My batch made eight 4-oz jelly jars. I'll be giving these little jars out for holiday gifts this year.


Green tea jelly
6 tablespoons loose leaf green tea of your choice
2-1/4 cups boiling water
1/4 cup lemon juice (I used bottled)
3-1/4 cups sugar (I used unbleached organic cane sugar)

Sterilize your canning jars and keep them hot in your canning pot. Place lids in a small pot with just enough water to cover them and keep on a low simmer. See Ball website for instructions on preparing jars and water bath canning, if needed. 

Put the tea leaves in a heat proof bowl and pour in the boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes and then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pot. Stir in the pectin stock, lemon juice, and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture registers 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. 

Ladle the hot jelly into your prepared hot jars leaving 1/4-inch of headspace. Wipe the rims with a damp paper towel. Place a lid on each jar followed by a ring secured to fingertip tightness. Place in the canning pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Process at boiling for 5 minutes. Then turn off the heat, remove the canner lid, and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove the jars to a towel and let sit overnight. If any jars are not sealed after about 1 hour, place them in the refrigerator and use first. Store jelly in a cool, dark place.


Now for the giveaway! 
For your chance to win a sample pack of delicious loose leaf green teas from Teavivre just do any/all of the items below. For 2-7, make sure you come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each item you do so that you are entered multiple times (if you already like/follow, just leave separate comments for each telling me so)! Please make sure your comment(s) have a valid email address so I can contact you. 

1) Leave a comment on this blog post
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7) Pin this post on Pinterest 

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to TeaVivre and everyone who entered!


Disclaimer: Teavivre provided me with the tea; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

What was I cooking one year ago?: salsa verde

74 comments:

  1. Green tea jelly? Wonderful idea! We really need to start canning more -- and jellies/jams in particular. Homemade really is best!

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  2. What a fantastic idea of turning green tea into jelly! Wonderful to spread over some homemade bread for the breakfast.

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  3. Green tea jelly sounds awesome.. this is absolutely new to me.. but i am loving it.. love it! ! :)

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  4. Oh wow, that sounds really good actually, I've never heard of tea jellies! Very cool.

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  5. What a unique idea. I love green tea. It's so relaxing and good for the body.

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  6. Green tea jelly is such a unique idea! Love it!
    As a totally scone addict, I would love to slather it all over one!

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  7. Very nice Amy! I've always wanted to make more jelly - so many recipes - so little time! Yummy

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  8. Green tea jelly? What a neat idea! And I love that you're giving it out as holiday gifts :)

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  9. Never heard of tea-jelly, bet this taste fabulous!

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  10. What a great idea Amy! Green tea jelly! FYI - We never made canned jelly too, and we love green tea! So the two has to wonderful! Great recipe and giveaway! Thanks!

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  11. Never tasted green tea jelly before, what a brilliant idea, Amy! Lovely honey color, and just can imagine with scones :)

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  12. That jelly looks like something I would love to receive as a gift! I still have not done anything with the tea they sent me, I feel so bad but time has not been on my side for this.

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  13. This is so interesting! I've made jam before but never jelly but I really like jelly too especially with items like cheese.

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  14. My Nan makes red pepper jelly, but this is waaaay more up my alley!! Definitely need to make this recipe - such a great find.

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  15. I am obsessed with green tea lately so I was so excited when I saw this!! Great giveaway, too!

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  16. Wooo.... Tea jelly! That sounds super interesting! Pinning!

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  17. Damn delicious and healthy desert!!!

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  18. Green Tea jelly - not that's a GREAT idea!! The perfect jelly for an afternoon snack of toast and jelly and a cup of tea. Love it!

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  19. I adore the idea of green tea jelly! Yum!

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  26. I've only ever made grape jelly - one time. I'm looking forward to making this green tea jelly!

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  27. green tea jelly? That sounds brilliant!
    I have made flower and fruit jellies but hadn't thought of green tea jelly. Thanks for sharing, I need to check this out sometime. ;)

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  28. I love this! I have never even thought to have tea in a jelly!

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  29. Very interesting. I have seen tea jellies and have been intrigued. But I have never tasted one. I had a thought that restaurants should be a little more adventuresome and have a new jelly of the month for
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  30. I'm craving this with brie en croute, pronto! YUM!!

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  42. I never thought about making green tea jelly! Awesome! I might have to try this.

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  51. We love green tea, but never had green tea jelly. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway! :)

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  57. I would love to win and try this awesome tea!
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  64. Green tea jelly?!? That's so creative :)

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  65. Ahh! I'd loove to win! eclairre at ymail dot com

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  66. I would love to give this a try :)

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