Well, I feel now as if I am a true Florida woman. Not the kind of Florida woman who gets cranked on bath salts and shoves an alligator into the shower with her cheatin', snaggle-toothed man.
Not yet, anyway.
No. I'm the kind of Florida woman who can make beauty berry jelly. Because I have done it. Lily and Lauren and the kids did at least fifty percent of the work by picking all those berries and let me just say- I made a double recipe and still have enough for another batch. However, I only bought two boxes of Sure-Jell which is a thickener for making jams and jellies and I have used them both. Also? I think I may have enough beauty berry jelly. I think it's going to taste okay but I don't think it's going to be THE BEST THING EVER PUT ON A BISCUIT!
In the picture above I have cleaned the berries of stems and leaves (mostly) and am mashing them with my bean masher. Twelve cups of beauty berries. Which is a lot. You cook them with a lot of water, mashing as many as you can, and boil that for twenty minutes. Then you strain the resulting liquor and measure it back into a pot. You bring that back to a boil, add the Sure-Jell and about fourteen tons of sugar and cook it for two minutes and then fill your sterilized jars. They go back into the canning kettle and you process them for ten minutes and this is what I got.