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.
Step by Step Canning Video
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!).
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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