by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Making Lilac Jelly is like making Fairy Jelly! The colour is unique! The taste even more so! Anyone with little girls would be giving them a wonderful experience making this jelly for their tea parties!
It is such a simple process
Preparing the flowers in 3 easy steps
- Preparing lilac flowers for jelly begins with picking stems before noon, rinsing them with a light solution of apple cider vinegar and setting them aside to dry and wilt.
- Later in the day set some water on to boil and pick the flowers from the stems.
- Once you have 2 cups of flowers picked and in a glass container cover with 3 cups of hot water and leave them to steep. Once the infusion has cooled cover and put them in the fridge over night, (you can leave infusion in fridge for up to 48 hours).
The next day gather your ingredients together and put your jelly jars on to sterilize.
Filter the flowers from the infusion and squeeze remaining water to get as much of the infused water for the jelly as possible.
- 2 – 1/4 cups of lilac steeped water
- *2 – 3 cups of sugar
- 1 box pectin
- 1 tablespoon of butter
*sugar – most recipes call for double this amount of sugar, however, to add that amount would be too sweet for this writer. Using honey to replace sugar would create a jelly that hides the taste of the lilacs.
Remember put jars and lids in streamer and bring to boil while preparing jelly.
Combine infused water and pectin and bring to boil. Slowly add sugar stirring and bringing solution back to a boil. Add butter and melt to reduce foam and skimming process. Take off heat and skim off remaining foam.
Take jars out of steamer and begin filling leaving only small air space! Cover with lids and set aside to cool. As the jars cool a popping sound will happen as the seal is made between the jar and lid. Once cooled check lids and re-steam the jars that have not sealed!
The jelly can take up to six hours to become solid.
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