So maybe I’m showing my age here, but I love the movie The Witches of Eastwick. There’s one line of that movie that has always tickled my curiosity, though.
As Michelle Pfeiffer was ushering her kids off to school, she reminded them to take their lunch, and upon being asked what it was, she responded that it was peanut butter and jelly.
The child suspiciously asked her, “What kind of jelly?” and she responded that it was zucchini jelly. The child was not happy about it, but it made me giggle. Ever since seeing that, I have been on the lookout for a recipe for zucchini jelly.
Now mind you, I wasn’t expecting it to be particularly good, but I was intensely curious. Curious enough that when I finally found a recipe for it recently, I became very excited to make it. And here’s the kicker…
It is absolutely delicious! Seriously, my husband tasted it first (he’s such a good guinea pig, LOL!). His response? “Oh, this is just… terrible. I think I might have to eat all 9 jars just to save you from it.”
A few minutes later, on his second slice of bread slathered with it, he commented, “You could get money for this stuff!”
A few days later, a friend was having an open house for her new business and I grabbed a jar to take as an office warming gift. He didn’t say anything, but definitely gave me the stink eye. (Once I’d reassured him that I’d make more he was okay with it, though.)
I found the original recipe in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I made 2 versions- 1 was according to the recipe, almost exactly. The other, which is the recipe I’ll be sharing today, was made using honey instead of sugar, and had a few other small tweaks to it.
PLEASE NOTE This is NOT a tested recipe for canning. Although it is based on a tested recipe, it has undergone sufficient changes to make me feel that I should warn you, if you choose to can this, you are doing so at your own risk. I will include the canning procedure that I followed if you should choose to be adventurous.
So, without further ado…
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