Selecting, Preparing and Canning Fruit
Making Mayhaw Juice
Amount to Gather: One gallon (4 quarts) or about 4 ½
pounds of mayhaws will yield about 12 cups of strained, flavorful juice, enough
for three batches of jelly. Two quarts of mayhaws cooked will yield 6 cups of
fruit and about 2 cups of pulp when the drained fruit is put through a food
Cooking Mayhaws for Juice, Jelly or Syrup: The most important
thing in making jelly is to begin with a juice (jelly stock) that has a full-bodied,
mayhaw flavor. If too much water is used in cooking, the unique fragrance and
taste will not match up to what is expected in quality jelly.
To Prepare Juice or Jelly Stock: Sort mayhaws, removing decayed
fruit and trash. You can leave the tiny stems and dark blossom end on the fruit.
Wash thoroughly. Measure or weigh fruit and put in large saucepan. For each
gallon (4 quarts or about 4 ½ pounds) of mayhaws, cover with 3 quarts
(12 cups) of water. For 2 quarts of fruit (a little over 2 pounds), cover with
6 cups water.
Bring to a boil, cover and cook gently for about 30 minutes. Cool and drain
juice first through a colander, pressing fruit lightly with the back of a spoon.
Then strain the juice through two or three thicknesses of damp cheesecloth,
through a jelly bag or a clean thin white cloth. Leave the sediment which settles
to the bottom. From 1 gallon of mayhaws you should have about 12 cups of strained
Canning Mayhaw Juice
Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.
jars. Pour juice into a clean saucepan. Heat juice to simmering, or
at least 180°F. Pour hot juice immediately into hot, sterilized
jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace.
Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; adjust two-piece
metal canning lids. Process according to the recommendations in Table
1. Let cool, undisturbed, 12-24 hours and check for seals.
|Table 1. Recommended
process time for Mayhaw Juice in a boiling-water
||Process Time at Altitudes of|
|Style of Pack
||0 - 1,000 ft
||1,001 - 6,000 ft
||Above 6,000 ft|
||Pints or Quarts
This document was adapted from Mayhaw Christmas Pepper Jelly in "The
Mayhaw: Out of the Swamp and Into the Orchard," Ruth M. Patrick,
Ph.D., LDN, Extension Nutrition Specialist, 2002. Pub. 2484, LSU Ag Center
Research and Extension, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
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