Hawthorn jelly is a tasty way to take your medicine and easy to make at home. All you need is hawthorn berries, sugar and lemon juice. No added pectin required.
Simmer the Hawthorns in water for roughly 30 minutes until they've completely disintegrated. Mash them with a potato masher to help the process.
Strain the mixture through a jelly bag or cheesecloth and measure the juice. For every 2 cups of juice, add 2 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. It takes roughly 1.5 to 2 pounds of haws to yield 2 cups of juice.
Return the strained hawthorn juice, sugar and lemon juice to the stove and boil rapidly for 10-15 minutes until it reaches gel stage.
Pour the jelly into prepared canning jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Process in a water bath canner for 5 minutes, or store in the refrigerator for immediate use.
This recipe will work multiplied up to 4x per batch. That means you can make a single batch with as much as 8 pounds of hawthorns. Any more than that and it's safer to make multiple batches. It can be hard to get a jelly to gel properly if the batch size is too large.