Canning: Honeysuckle Jelly
- Complexity: easy
I watched the kids collecting honeysuckle yesterday, picking flowers from the vines and sucking their sweet nectar, and it occurred to me- we should make honeysuckle jelly! The kids thought this was a great idea, and were very easily persuaded to collect a couple of cups of the flowers for me. If you like the way honeysuckle smells, you’re going to love how this stuff tastes!
Step by Step Directions
First, you need to make an infusion to draw the flavor out of the flowers. It’s very simple. Prepare the flowers by removing the tiny green tip at the base of the petals.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a med. saucepan, turn the heat off, then add the honeysuckle flowers you’ve gathered and let them steep for about 45 min., stirring occasionally.
Strain the flowers from the liquid. I had a little over a cup of liquid after straining. You only need one cup of the infusion for this recipe. (Use any leftover infusion to make a honeysuckle sore throat syrup!)
In the same saucepan, stir together 1 cup flower infusion, the lemon juice, and the sugar; bring to a hard boil that won’t stir down. Add the pectin and boil for 2 min; reduce heat if necessary to avoid boiling over.
Ladle into a hot, sterilized jar. I don’t water bath my jellies, but you can if you want.
Yields: 1 pint
What’s cool about this recipe is that it only makes a one-pint jar, so you don’t even have to can it really. Simply pour it into a glass container with a lid, allow it to cool, then store it in the fridge. Anyone can do it!