My Frugal DIY Experiment: Homemade Jelly
If you are a member of the Couponing 101 Facebook page then you know that I recently tried making homemade jelly! I have to admit, I still don’t know if it’s worth all the effort! While it wasn’t necessarily hard to make, it was very time consuming (though I’m told it takes less time the more you do it). I really enjoyed seeing the final product though!
Now, the question is – is it cost effective? Here is my price breakdown for making homemade peach jelly:
- Peaches – $18
- Pectin (2 boxes) – $3.37
- Sugar (14 cups) – $3.36
- Jars (18 – these can be reused) – $12.71
Final Cost: $37.44 for 18 jars of jelly.
That works out to $2.08 per jar. If you eliminate the cost of the jars (since they are reusable) it works out to only $1.37 per jar. I purchased everything except the peaches at Walmart and I did not buy any special equipment except for a funnel.
This isn’t a spectacular price for jelly, but if you compare it to homemade jelly you buy at specialty shops or fairs then it’s not bad. You also have to consider that knowing exactly what goes into your food is priceless!
I am planning to set aside a few jars until Christmas because I think homemade jelly is a great gift idea! Tie it up with a cute ribbon and add it to a basket with a loaf of homemade bread and you have a delicious, inexpensive, and thoughtful gift!
I have a couple of guest posts lined up for those who are interested in learning how to can and/or make jelly. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about the process!
What do you think? Is making your own jelly worth it?