I have always loved honeysuckle. I know some people think they are a weed, but there’s just nothing quite like the fun of finding a little tasty snack out in the backyard along the fence on a hot summer day. But until recently, I had never thought about making honeysuckle jelly. Bring the nostalgic taste of honeysuckle from your childhood summer into the kitchen with this easy recipe for homemade honeysuckle jelly! If you have a bumper crop of honeysuckle growing in your backyard, then you need to try this sweet, light jelly that goes perfectly with a batch of homemade biscuits!
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How to Make Honeysuckle Jelly
I did alot of research online before making my first batch of honeysuckle jelly and realized that most people make it the same way. And surprisingly, most people used the same measurements, so I can’t really credit one person with the recipe. Here’s what I have gathered from all the different sites plus the recipe that I used.
- 2 cups of fresh honeysuckle
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 package liquid pectin
To make honeysuckle jelly, there are a few things you must have. I have a stash of canning jars left over from many years of making jellies and salsa, but if you are starting from scratch you may need to pick up some canning supplies to make the job easier.
- Pick a large bowl of fresh honeysuckle . (You will need about 4 large handfuls of fresh flowers for your jelly).
- Snip the green end off the fresh flowers .
- Boil water.
- Fill a mason jar (or other jar with a top) with fresh honeysuckle and then pour 2-3 cups of boiling water into jar.
- Let the jar of flowers and water steep for at least 4 hours. You can even put the mixture it in the refrigerator overnight if needed. At this point, the mixture is very ugly. Don’t worry. It will turn out beautiful when you move to the next step!
- Strain out the flowers so you just have the honeysuckle infused water.
- Add the lemon juice, honeysuckle liquid and sugar to a pan then bring to a full rolling boil.
- Once mixture is boiling, add 1 package of liquid pectin and boil for 2 full minutes.
- Pour into clean jars.
- Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes
- Jelly should set firmly wihtin 24 hours.
**I am not an expert on canning or making homemade jelly, but this process worked for me and turned out delicious.
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Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!