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Lilac Jelly: How To Make Lilac Flower Jelly

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Try making this easy lilac flower jelly recipe and enjoy this unique floral treat all year long.

Flower jellies are so much fun to make! Each spring I enjoy making large batches of dandelion jelly, wild violet jelly, peony jelly, and of course lilac jelly too.

Did you know lilac flowers are edible?

Yes really! They make a yummy jelly you just have to try.

Easy Lilac Jelly homemade flower jelly text overlaid on a collage image of light purple lilac flowers and jars of lilac jelly.

If you’re wondering what lilac jelly tastes like, it has a mildly floral taste that definitely isn’t overbearing. It’s lovely to enjoy on toast, biscuits, or even with crackers and cheese.

How To Make Lilac Jelly

Prepare The Flowers

Gathering lilac flowers to make jelly.
Freshly picked lilac flowers

The first thing you’ll need to do of course is to go and gather your lilac flowers.

You can use any color of lilacs, the flavor should be the same but the color of the finished jelly will be a little different if you use light or dark purple, or even white lilac flowers.

Make sure to gather your flowers in a clean area that hasn’t been sprayed with any nasty chemicals.

After you’ve cut some nice bows of lilac flowers, you need to pull the petals off to separate the green parts of the flowers.

The green leaves and stems can make your jelly very bitter so trust me just pull off the petals!

They are actually really easy to separate so this step goes pretty fast.

Make Lilac Tea

Once you have 2 cups of packed flower petals it’s time to make the lilac tea. This is sometimes also called lilac infused water.

Lilac Flowers Ready To Make Jelly
Lilac flower petals ready to steep.

Pour the flower petals into a quart sized canning jar, then pour about 4 cups of boiling water over them. You’ll want the water to come up to the neck of the jar.

Steeping lilac flowers to make tea for jelly.
The color changes from light yellow to dark yellow the longer the lilac tea steeps.

Cover the jar and let it sit until it cools down. Then place it in the fridge overnight to continue steeping.

The next day when you’re ready, strain the flowers well and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Measure out 3 1/2 to 4 cups of liquid and pour it into a large pot. If you are short on lilac tea, you can use water to make up the difference.

Cooking lilac jelly
Cooking lilac jelly.

Add the 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1 pouch of powdered pectin and bring the mixture to a boil.

When it starts to boil add in the 4 cups of sugar and stir it well and return to a boil.

Allow the mixture to boil for 1 to 2 minutes and remove from the heat.

Canning lilac jelly
Ladle jelly into canning jars.

Pour the jelly into hot canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace.

Run a spatula around the inside edge to remove any air bubbles. Then wipe the edges of the jars clean, and place on the lids and rings finger tight.

Place the jars into a water bath canner and process for 10 minutes or according to your altitude.

Remove the jars from the canner and place them on a towel in a draft-free place. Let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours to let the seal harden.

Any jars that haven’t sealed after 24 hours need to be reprocessed or refrigerated.

Easy lilac jelly recipe
Yumm, homemade lilac jelly ready to eat or gift.

This is definitely a wonderful flower jelly you must try when your lilac bushes are flowering!

More Ways To Use Lilacs

Yield: 6 cups

Lilac Jelly

Simple Lilac Jelly Recipe

Try making this easy lilac flower jelly recipe and enjoy this unique floral treat all year long!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of packed lilac blossoms, leaves and stems removed.
  • 3-4 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 pouch powdered pectin

Instructions

  1. Cut the lilac flowers from your tree, then remove the flower petals until you have 2 cups of firmly packed blossoms.
  2. Add the blossoms to a quart-sized canning jar and cover to the jar neck with boiling water. Cover the jar and let it cool, then place in the fridge overnight to steep.
  3. The next day strain the flowers, pressing or squeezing to remove as much liquid as possible. You should have 3 1/2 to 4 cups of liquid, make up the difference with water.
  4. Pour the lilac tea into a large pot, add the lemon juice and pectin and bring it to a boil.
  5. When it’s boiling add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved and return the mixture to a full boil for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, skim off any foam and ladle into jars.

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Easy lilac jelly. Have you tried this yummy homemade flower jelly? Text overlaid on top of a collage image of light purple lilac flowers and jars of jelly sitting on a wooden table.
Lilac Jelly - Easy Flower Jelly Recipe! text overlaid on top of a photo of yellow lilac jelly in canning jars sitting on a table with lilac flowers.

Amanda Clark

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

So I’ve reboiled my jelly and hopefully this worked- however it has taken away the gorgeous pink colour and now is a little peachy colour. Why is that? Thanks

Kim

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Hi Amanda, The color change was likely just from cooking it longer. If you want to adjust the color you can use some food coloring. I just saw your last comment and it looks like you waited about 3 days for the jelly to set and then recooked it? Jelly can set up firm after about 24 hours but it's also common for it to take a week or sometimes a few weeks to set, it depends a lot on the pectin. So I normally wait a few weeks before recooking the jelly.

Amanda Clark

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Hello,

I made your recipe yesterday afternoon and followed measurements exactly. It still hasn’t jelled the next morning. What have I don’t wrong :(

Kim

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Hi Amanda, Often jelly will set in about 24 hours after making it but sometimes it can take a week or longer. If it doesn't firm up after a few weeks you can try one of these ways of fixing runny jelly or use it as syrup. https://www.homestead-acres.com/how-to-fix-jam-or-jelly-that-didnt-set/

Becky

Thursday 27th of May 2021

I’m wondering on when will be the best to harvest the flowers? Is there a special time when they are perfect for jelly making? Thanks.

Kim

Friday 28th of May 2021

You can pick the flowers anytime from when they first open right up until just before they start falling off the bush. I like to start gathering some each day once they bloom so I can make a few batches a day. But this year we had a cold front come through 2 days after the flowers opened. The cold weather and strong winds started making the flower fall off sooner than normal. We rushed to pick a few baskets and the jelly still came out great.

Ann

Monday 24th of May 2021

I followed the directions exactly for a double batch and it never gelled. I was left with a sticky mess that I needed to redo and a waste of lids that can not be re-used. As a microbiologist and long-time canner I doubt I made an error.

Kim

Friday 28th of May 2021

Ann, you should never try to double a jelly or jam recipe. It almost never works jams and jellies need to be cooked in small batches.

Adina

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Hi Kim,

I made the lilac jelly tonight and I just realised we might have used different measurements for pectin. I’m in England and a box of pectin has six pouches and all together weigh 48 grams. How much does your pouch of dry pectin weigh in Canada? I was hyperventilating a minute ago, but if the pectin is off I guess I’ll end up with a nice syrup?! The flavour is wonderful! Thank you, Adina

Kim

Friday 28th of May 2021

Hi Adina, I just checked and the boxes of powdered pectin sold here are 57 grams. That's a little different but hopefully, it set ok for you!

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