Making Lilac Jelly

I recently started following some really amazing young women who are changing the way many of us might view millennials. The gals I am so inspired by are not interested in being the newest TikTok sensation or making zillions of dollars flaunting their youthful looks. Instead they seems to have skipped a generation or two and are living simple, beautiful lives.

They make bread, homeschool their kids, garden, and mostly inspire. I am so enthralled by these gals grounded and self-assured nature. Plus, their skills in the kitchen are unmatched, except maybe to my grandmother.

Last week one of these ladies shared a method and recipe for lilac jelly! What?? Yep, I had no idea that the gorgeous blooms outside my window could be transformed into a tasty jelly. I was so curious I decided to give it a try.

How to Make Lilac Jelly

First things first

  • Gather the blooms from your lilac bush
  • Pluck about 4 cups of flowers off the stems
  • Pour boiling water over the flowers to make a tea
  • Keep the tea in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Now you are ready

  • Get a large pot of boiling water or a water canning pot
  • Prepare your jars by heating them in the boiling water
  • Add the strained tea to a separate pot
  • Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Add 4 tablespoons powdered pectin
  • Stir to remove clumps
  • Add 4 cups of sugar (one cup at a time)
  • Bring to a boil for 1 minute
  • Set aside for 1 minute

Let’s can the jelly

  • Scoop jelly into prepared jars
  • Wipe the edge of the jars and add lid and finger tight ring
  • Place in water bath for 10 minutes
  • Set jars aside somewhere to cool undistrubed
  • Can be stored up to one year (if they last that long)

How awesome is that? There is still time to make your own if you still have lilac blooms! Hurry, go!

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