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Rose Hip-Apple Jelly


Rose Hip-Apple Jelly is a low-sugar cooked jelly made with Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. This recipe was created by Allison Carroll Duffy for Pomona’s Pectin.
Servings 5 cups


  • 3 pounds rose hips
  • 3 pounds apples
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice bottled
  • 4 teaspoons calcium water see step #1
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin powder mixed with sweetener


  • Before you begin, prepare calcium water.
    To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.
    Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Wash and rinse jars, lids, and screw bands. Set screw bands aside until ready to use. Place jars in boiling water bath canner with a rack, fill at least 2/3 of the way full with water, and bring to a boil. Boil jars for 10 minutes to sterilize (add 1 additional minute of sterilizing time for every 1000 feet above sea level), then turn down heat and let jars stand in hot water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small pan, bring to a low simmer, and hold there until ready to use.
  • Cut off and discard the stems of the rose hips, along with any damaged spots. Rinse well.
  • Rinse the apples and coarsely chop. There is no need to remove the peels or the cores.
  • Combine rose hips, chopped apples, and the 6 cups of water in a large sauce pan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit is soft and mashable – about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and thoroughly mash the fruit (a potato masher works well for this).
  • Transfer mashed fruit into a jelly bag. (If you don’t have a jelly bag, an impromptu bag made from layers of cheesecloth wrapped around the mashed fruit and gathered at the top works equally well.) Suspend the jelly bag over a large bowl and allow the mashed fruit to drip juice into the bowl until you have accumulated the necessary quantity. This will likely take 2 to 4 hours.
  • Measure out 4 cups of the juice. If you have any extra juice, save it for another use. Pour the measured amount of juice into a sauce pan, then add the lemon juice and calcium water. Stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and the pectin powder. Mix well and set aside.
  • Bring juice mixture to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the sugar-pectin mixture, then stir vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes, still over the highest heat, to dissolve pectin. Return the mixture to a boil, then remove it from the heat.
  • Remove hot jars from canner and fill jars with jelly, leaving ¼ inch of headspace. Remove trapped air bubbles, wipe rims with a damp cloth, and put on lids and screw bands, tightening bands only to “fingertip tight” (until resistance is met, and then just the tiniest bit more).
  • Place jars in the hot water, on the rack inside the canner. (Make sure jars are upright, not touching each other or the sides of the canner, and are covered with at least 1-2 inches of water.) Place the lid on the canner, return the canner to a rolling boil, and boil for 10 minutes. (Add 1 minute additional processing time for every 1000 feet above sea level.)
  • Turn off heat and allow canner and jars to sit for 5 minutes. Then remove jars from canner.
  • Allow jars to cool undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Then confirm that jars have sealed. Remove screw bands from sealed jars, rinse off outside of jars if necessary, label jars, and store for later use.

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7 Responses

  1. lise
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    hello, could i make this recipe using just peels and apple cores and rosehips?

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Lise,

      We cannot think of a reason why you could’t do that, the flavor might be more subdued.

  2. Karen
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    Would it be okay to use the same weight of crabapples instead of apples for this? I recently picked a whole lot and crabapples and have some fresh rosehips and I’d love to try this!

    • Shelby Collings
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      You sure can!

  3. Val
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    How much dried rose hips could be substituted for fresh rose hips?

  4. Breda
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    Can this be made without the rosehips? I’m looking for a lowish sugar recipe for crabapple jelly? Thank you so much.

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Breda,

      For crabapple jelly we suggest using 4 cups of juice, 4 teaspoons calcium water and. 4 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin. Those directions can be found on our direction sheet HERE under jelly on page 2.

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