Lilac Flower Jelly
Servings: 4 half pint jars
- 3 cup fresh Lilac Blossoms, discard any greens
- 4 cups boiling Water
- 1/4 cup bottled Lemon Juice
- 4 cups organic granulated Sugar
- 1 box jelly Pectin, Sure Jell
Lilac Blossom Tea
Pack lilac blossoms into a half gallon mason jar, making sure to leave out leaves and green ends.
Add boiling water and cover mason jar with a clean dishcloth. Allow tea to steep up to 6 hours. Steeping the tea overnight creates a better infusion. To steep overnight place the tea into the refrigerator.
Using a fine mesh sieve, strain tea. Make sure to press the blossoms to release any tea from the flowers.
Lilac Blossom Jelly
Add 4 cups steeped lilac flower tea to a non-reactive or heavy bottom pot. Bring bring to a boil.
Next, add lemon juice and powdered pectin. Bring to a boil.
Finally, add sugar, stirring often to prevent scorching. Bring mixture to a hard boil for 2 minutes. Remove and discard any foam.
Ladle jelly into 1/2 pint mason jars. Wipe rims, add lid and rings. Processing using a hot water bath or steam canner for 10 minutes. Add time based on high elevations.
- A low sugar pectin may be used in substitute for regular pectin.
- Honey may also be used in substitution for sugar. However, the jelly may not set with this substitution.
- Make sure to remove as much of the green from the blossom end as possible. This helps to prevent the jelly from becoming bitter in flavor.