Canning Lilac Jelly: A Simple Guide

How to make and can homemade lilac jelly from fresh lilac flowers. A unique gift idea with a wonderfully floral taste and scent!

Canning lilac jelly is a delightful way to capture the essence of spring and preserve the delicate floral flavors of lilac blossoms. It’s one of my favorite top 10 easy homemade jelly recipes.

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In this article, we will explore the step-by-step process of transforming these aromatic blossoms into a sweet and fragrant jelly that can be enjoyed throughout the year.


From gathering the blossoms to sealing the jars, we will guide you through the process of creating this enchanting and elegant jelly. Get ready to embark on a journey of floral culinary creativity as we delve into the art of canning lilac jelly.


Step by Step Video for Canning Lilac Jelly


New to jelly making? Watch this video below as I prepare this lilac jelly recipe step by step.




Capture the essence of spring with our delightful lilac jelly canning recipe! Learn how to transform the delicate and aromatic lilac blossoms into a sweet and floral jelly that's perfect for spreading on toast or gifting to loved ones. Follow our step-by-step instructions to preserve the enchanting flavors of lilac in a jar.


Recipe for Canning Lilac Jelly


4 c. lilac flowers
4 c. sugar
1 pkg. or 6 tbsp. powdered pectin*
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. butter


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!). 


Related Article: Honeysuckle Jelly Canning Recipe: A Sweet and Floral Delight


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Rinse lilac flowers in a colander and remove stems. Place flowers in a bowl and cover them with 4 cups of boiling water. You are essentially going to make “lilac tea.” Let the lilac mixture sit for about an hour.


Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lilac flowers. You should end up with a clear liquid. If not, try pouring it through the strainer again.


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Measure the tea, adding a little water if necessary to get exactly 4 cups of liquid. Stir in lemon juice. The liquid should change in color to be similar to the original color of the lilacs.


The darker the lilacs, the darker the color of the jelly. Violet colored lilacs will make a rose colored jelly. Experiment with different flower colors!


Pour liquid into a large stock pot. Sprinkle the pectin on top of the juice and use a whisk to mix it together. Stirring constantly, heat until boiling. Boil for one minute.


Add the pinch of butter and return to a boil. Add the sugar to the pot all at one time (measure it and have it ready ahead of time). Stir until sugar is dissolved. Return to a boil and boil for one minute.

How to make and can homemade lilac jelly from fresh lilac flowers. A unique gift idea with a wonderfully floral taste and scent!

Canning Instructions


Remove the pan from the heat. Remove any foam with a metal spoon. Ladle the jelly into hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch head space, and process in boiling water canner for 5 minutes.


Remove the jars from the canner and place on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool. Sealed jars can be stored in the pantry for 1-2 years. If you have any jars that do not seal, just place them in the refrigerator to eat in the next month or two.


Jelly can take a day or two to set completely, so don’t disturb it for a couple days even if it doesn’t set completely.


If after a couple of days your lilac jelly has not set, follow these instructions for what to do if your jelly does not set.


Like this recipe? Try my recipes for lilac syrup or lilac lemonade.


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Yield: 3 pints or 6 half pints.

How to make and can homemade lilac jelly from fresh lilac flowers. A unique gift idea with a wonderfully floral taste and scent!

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6 Comments on "Canning Lilac Jelly: A Simple Guide"

  1. I boiled my lilac flowers and got a dark green color liquid instead of a light purple one. So when I get around to making my jelly can I add a couple drops of food coloring to get a more purple color looking jelly ?


    1. Hi! Lilac jelly can turn out any number of colors depending on the color of the lilacs. Yes you can definitely add food coloring to it, it won’t hurt the jelly. You just might want to test a little first to see what color you end up with. If your jelly is green it might be difficult to end up with a purple color.


      1. Ok , I got a dark golden color. I followed the directions you gave to the letter but it didn’t set ; so I followed the directions on the pectin box ; I live at 5000 ft. So for me its boil at 2 to 3 min to get it to jell set and water bath canner a solid 10 min to seal jars. It has a really light flavor, almost non existent but it’s in there. ( this was an experiment sense my mom has both the white and dark purple lilacs) gonna give her a jar to see what she thinks, right now she thinks I’m crazy for turning her flowers into jelly.


        1. Hi! For a stronger flavor you might let the lilacs sit in the hot water longer. The longer it sits the stronger it gets, just like making tea. But it really does depend on how fragrant the flowers are. Some people do think turning flowers into jelly is crazy, but I think it’s fun!


  2. Thank you so much for this great recipe, was struggling to find something so detailed for lilac jelly. Unfortunately I followed this whole recipe in detail and my jelly did not set….I have 24 jars of sealed liquid! The only difference is that I used liquid pectin in lieu of powdered. I want to do over and try to fix it…any idea what I should try? More sugar? More pectin? I really don’t want to throw away! Thanks for your help


    1. Hi! You will have to re-boil the jelly, but you can save it! Here are instructions for fixing jelly that doesn’t set. You need to add a little more pectin and sugar to try to get it to set. There are instructions for using liquid pectin. Good luck!


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