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!

4 comments: said...

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

sewyouquilt2 said...

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

Julierose said...

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

Carol said...

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