How to Can Watermelon Jelly
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If you are looking for a new flavor jelly to try, then you might like this watermelon jelly. It has a nice light melon flavor and is a fun summer treat. Even if you are a beginning canner you will find this watermelon jelly recipe easy to make. Watermelon jelly is now one of my favorite top 10 easy homemade jelly recipes.
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New to jelly making? Watch the video below to see me making this watermelon jelly recipe step by step.
Watermelon Jelly Recipe
6 c. watermelon, chopped
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp. lemon juice
5 c. sugar
1 box powdered pectin*
1/4 tsp. butter (optional)
*Note: If you are going to make a lot of jam and/or jelly, then you HAVE to try this powdered pectin that you can buy in bulk from Amazon. Six tablespoons of this pectin is the equivalent to one box of Suregel pectin. This is the ONLY way to buy pectin inexpensively if you are going to buy a lot of it (like I do!).
Hoosier Hill Fruit Pectin, 2 lb bag
Place prepared watermelon in a large stock pot. Mash with a potato masher. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mash until no lumps remain.
Place mashed watermelon in a jelly bag to strain juice (optional). Measure 2 cups watermelon juice, adding a little water if necessary to get exact amount.
Combine watermelon juice, vinegar, lemon juice, and pectin in a large sauce pan. Stirring constantly, heat until boiling.
Add the butter and return to a boil. Add the sugar. Return to a boil and boil for one minute.
Remove the pan from the heat. Remove any foam with a metal spoon.
Ladle the jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Easily measure the headspace with this inexpensive canning funnel.
Place the jars in a boiling water canner and make sure the jars are covered with 1-2 inches of water. Bring water to a boil and process jars for 10 minutes.
Remove the jars from the boiling water canner and place on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool.
Note: Jelly make take several days for gel to completely set, so don’t move the jars for at least 24 hours.
Yield: 4 pints or 8 half-pints
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15 Comments on "Watermelon Jelly Recipe"
Made it and turned out great. So glad I found this recipe. Thanks
The video instructions are good.. however.. never ever place hot jars directly on the counter from the canner, it can cause the glass to burst. Make sure to place them on a folded towel or insulated mat. And do not move them for 24 hours..
Can you freeze your jellies?
Hi! I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think jelly would freeze well. It would change the consistency and texture of it.
You can Google freezer jam. I make strawberry Freezer jam all the time. It will be a little runny but it is so good.
Hi, I enjoyed making your recipe and thank you for sharing it with us! While making it, I was preparing for four jars (as counted on the yield amount, pint), but I happened to only make three perfect jars, no left overs, no discards. I followed the directions and amounts perfectly, I’m wondering if there was a possible mess up in the yield statement?
Made this watermelon jelly turned out great thanks for sharing this
I wish you could make you recipes more friendly. Your recipes sound great .
Can you use all of the mashed watermelon and have it end up like preserves or do you have to strain it? Thanks! Terrie
Hi Terrie, that’s a good question! You can totally leave the mashed watermelon in it (or maybe just some of it??). It’s just a matter of preference. Some like the jelly better but if you leave the pulp in it, it just turns it into jam 🙂
why did you add butter? never heard of that
Hi Eve, the butter is added to reduce foaming. It will still foam a little but not as much if you add the butter. Adding it is totally optional though, it is not necessary for the recipe.
Did this really set? I tried a recipe last year and wasted 80 bucks would not set even after a week,
I’m sorry to hear that! Yes this jelly did set for me, although I think it did take a day or two. If your jelly does not set, there are ways to salvage it. Here are some tips for fixing your jelly when it does not set.