Sunday, April 26, 2015

lilac jelly

April 21, 2015 8 Comments | disclo
My lilacs are blooming, so I decided to make this Lilac Jelly. I will be using these for gifts – kind of a “gourmet” item. I hope to make another batch before my flowers “rust” and are gone.
2 cups lilac blossoms, no leaves or stems
2 1/2 cups boiling water
2 drops purple food coloring, OPTIONAL {the color of the jelly will be a golden/yellow otherwise. I add the coloring for aesthetic appeal.}
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon butter {for less foaming}
4 cups sugar
One box powdered pectin
Place the blossoms in a glass bowl and pour the boiling water on them. Let this steep on the counter overnight {or approximately 8 hours}. Strain the flowers out of the water. Squeeze dry, adding the liquid into what you already have. You should have roughly 2 1/4 cups infused water. Add more water if needed.
Place the flower infusion, lemon juice, butter and pectin in a large heavy bottomed pot. Bring to a boil. Add sugar all at once. Return to boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Ladle jelly into clean, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4″ head space. Wipe rims and screw on the lids. Process for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.
Makes 5 half pint jars {5 cups}

goes to show you never know what you can turn into jelly, rally!


  1. Your lilacs are blooming? Mine are just starting to bud.

    1. no mine are not. the lady who wrote the recipe was saying that. I thought it would be a neat addition to my jelly listing as something different and decided to share

  2. I am hoping for a lilac tree for my upcoming B-day--I want a white (Lemoyne" one--my Grand'mere had these....)
    I have left many hints hanging in the air around my DH--we'll see....hugs, Julierose

  3. I've never heard of lilac jelly but it sounds amazing!