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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Making Honeysuckle Jelly - it's EASY!

The nectar from honeysuckle flowers smells divine - in our area, they are blooming in the wild right now, and they're everywhere! Nothing says springtime like a jar of sweet, floral-y jelly. This makes a beautiful, bright-yellow to gold colored jar, that is wonderful on toast, biscuits or scones! HONEYSUCKLE JELLY (Yield: 7 half-pints) >>>INGREDIENTS: *4 cups honeysuckle flowers *4 cups boiling water *1/4 c. lemon juice *4 cups sugar *1 package liquid pectin >>>DIRECTIONS: First you need to make an infusion to draw the flavor out of the flowers. Prepare the flowers by removing the tiny green tip at the base of the petals. Next, bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan, turn the heat off, then add the honeysuckle flowers you’ve gathered and allow them to steep for about 45 min., stirring occasionally. Strain the flowers from the liquid. You need two cups of the infusion for this recipe. In the same saucepan, stir together 2 cups flower infusion, the lemon juice, and the sugar - bring it to a hard boil that won’t stir down. Add the pectin and boil for 2 minutes, reduce the heat if necessary to avoid boiling over. Ladle the jelly into hot, sterilized jars, and screw on the lids. Allow it to cool for 24 hours, then test the lids to make sure the jars are properly sealed. Store in the refrigerator after opening. If you won't be using it right away, you can process the jelly in a water bath canner. ********************************************************************************************************************************************* "He with cowslips pale, Primrose, and purple lychnis, decked the green Before my threshold, and my shelving walls With honeysuckle covered." ~Mark Akenside

6 comments:

  1. Oooo! I have Honeysuckle growing over my garden gate! Will have to try this one!!!

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    1. It's delish - and so pretty too! :) -Liz

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  2. Yum, that sounds really good, I might have to try it next summer :)

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  3. This is so extremely awesome!! I want to make some but don't have a honeysuckle bush! Darn! You could come over to my party at What to do Weekends if you want!! I'd love that. This is so awesome and unusual. I love that kind of thing. I made dandelion wine when we had thousands of dandelions last month. Following on Facebook and Pinterest also. Linda

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  4. Oh, I love your geese. We have a 7 pet ducks! It's fun. Linda

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  5. I've been waiting on the wild violets to bloom so I can finally make violet jelly - but they aren't blooming! What IS blooming? Honeysuckle. I'm making this tomorrow! Caught you on Farm Girl Blog Fest!

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