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How to Make Fireweed Jelly

Fireweed Jelly is a unique treat, and simple to make. What a great way to forage and prepare something wonderful!

Homemade Fireweed Jelly from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Fireweed is a beautiful wild flower that grows all over Alaska, as well as many states in the Pacific Northwest. If you are lucky enough to have these flowers growing in your area, might I suggest you try making this simple jelly? I have actually brought fireweed seeds with me to Alabama. I don’t know that I’ll get them to grow, but I’m going to try!

How to Make Fireweed Jelly

This jelly uses only a few simple ingredients. Fireweed blossoms for one. I started with 8 cups of clean blossoms and 8 cups of water in a saucepan.

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The poor flowers! I simmered them until they had created a strong fireweed “tea.” It takes about 5 minutes for the brown liquid to develop.

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Strain the tea and combine the liquid with 4 packages powder pectin, 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a large pot. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for 1 minute. Add in 8 cups of sugar and boil it for another minute. When you add the lemon juice to the liquid, the color magically becomes pretty again!

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Ladle it into sterilized jars, leaving a half inch of head space and process them in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. I usually can these in half pint (8 oz) jars.

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Let the jars cool on a counter where there are not drafts, and they can be left undisturbed. Jennifer watching the lids go “Pop!”

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12 beautiful half-pints of fireweed jelly!

How to make Fireweed Jelly from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

I’ll forever be grateful to my Alaska friend, Melissa for sharing this wonderful recipe with me. And we will be very sad when the last jar is gone!

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Fireweed Jelly

Fireweed Jelly

Yield: about 12 half pint jars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Make homemade jelly from the beautiful fireweed blossoms.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 cups fireweed flowers
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 packages powder pectin
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 8 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. To begin, boil the blossoms and water together in a large sauce pan for 5 minutes, creating a brown "tea."
  2. Strain the liquid through some cheese cloth, and add the liquid to a large stock pot.
  3. Add the pectin and lemon juice, and bring it to a boil, boiling for 1 minute.
  4. Add the sugar, stirring continually, and boil for another minute.
  5. Ladle the jelly into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space.
  6. Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove to a hard surface, away from drafts, where the jars can cool undisturbed for 24 hours.
  8. Listen for the "pop" of success!
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 192 Serving Size: 1 Tb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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24 thoughts on “How to Make Fireweed Jelly”

  1. Prior to moving to Alaska in August 2015, I had never heard of fireweed, let alone knew you could make jelly with it. But after trying Midnight Sun Farms fireweed jelly after discovering the brand at an art show at the Girdwood School last December, I can definitely say it is a great jelly flavor. Pair this flavor of jelly with peanut butter and banana slices on your favorite bread, and you will have your taste buds on a field day, for they will have tasted the greatest homemade sandwich you have ever had to eat.

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  2. Thank you so much for adding pictures with your directions! I live in Koyuk, Alaska where we have tons of fireweed, but I was stuck making the jelly. I’ve found other recipes without pictures and I didn’t know if I was supposed to pick just the fireweed petals or the entire blossom. Now that I know what to pick I can get started on my first batch of fireweed jelly. Thanks again!

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  3. Made fireweed jelly following your instructions last night… It turned out so good!! Definitely gonna have to figure out a way to get some fireweed once we leave Alaska!!

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  4. I have never heard of fireweed but wish I could give it a try. We have elderflowers that grow here that make an incredible jelly.

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  5. I've never heard of this before, Conni. I'm so amazed that you can get clear gorgeous jelly from all those flowers! As you can tell, I have zero experience with canning and preserving, lol. Thanks for posting all the photos of the process – making jam scares me because I'm always afraid I won't properly sterilize jars or cook the jam right. This is very cool!

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  6. I love reading about interesting recipes like this! It sounds and looks amazing, and let me know how it works in Alabama… and I might give it a try in NC :-)

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    • OH, you’re in for a real treat. Fireweed jelly is amazing. It can easily rival more common flavors like grape, strawberry, raspberry, etc. in the taste department. And it pairs up brilliantly with peanut butter on a sandwich. Add some banana slices and you’ve got the best homemade lunch you have ever had in your life.

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