Making your own jelly is easy to do, but did you know that you can make jelly from honeysuckle blossoms? Learn how now!
Years ago, when I lived in Alaska, I learned about making Fireweed Jelly from the beautiful fire weed flowers that grow wild all over the landscape.
Here on the homestead we have another wild flower in abundance- honeysuckle. It grows all around the homestead and, at times, in place that I would rather it not.
But I decided to put some of it to use and create honeysuckle blossom jelly. I took the fireweed jelly recipe and altered it slightly to make this tasty spread.
To Make Honeysuckle Blossom Jelly you will need:
- honeysuckle blossoms
- powdered pectin
- canning jars
- hot water bath canner
- canning tools
- lemon juice
- cheese cloth
- stock pot
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To begin with, you’ll need 4 full cups of honeysuckle blossoms. Pick the freshest, brightest blossoms you can find.
Wash the blossoms under cold water and then place them in a sauce pan with water. You will simmer this together to create a tea.
Once it is finished, you’ll strain the liquid through a sieve that is lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze the cheese cloth to get all of the tea from the blossoms.
You’ll combine the tea in a stock pot with sugar and powdered pectin to create this amazing jelly.
The jelly will be processed in a hot water bath for canning.
The jars will rest overnight so that they can seal and you’ll hear that wonderful “pop” of success.
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Honeysuckle Blossom Jelly
- 4 c honeysuckle blossoms
- 4 c water
- 2 packages powder pectin, (1.75 oz. each)
- 2 Tb lemon juice
- 4 c sugar
- To begin, boil the blossoms and water together in a large sauce pan for 20 minutes, creating a "tea."
- Strain the liquid through a sieve that is lined with cheese cloth. Squeeze the cheese cloth to get every bit of the tea from the blossoms.
- Add the liquid to a large stock pot.
- Stir the pectin and lemon juice, then bring this to a boil, boiling for 1 minute.
- Add the sugar, stirring continually, and boil for another minute.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer so that the jelly mixture stays hot.
- Ladle the jelly into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space.
- Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. (Adjust for elevation.)
- Carefully remove to an out of the way place away from drafts. I generally line the counter with a folded dish towel.
- Allow the jars can cool undisturbed for 24 hours.
- Listen for the "pop" of success!
- As you forage for the blossoms, pick the freshest, brightest blossoms you can find.
- This recipe makes 7 half-pint jars of jelly or 14 – 4 ounce jars. I normally make a combination of the two.
Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.