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Lilac jelly is a truly unique gift idea, a fun treat to make for the people who "have everything." It has a wonderfully floral taste and scent!
4 c. lilac flowers
4 c. sugar
1 pkg. or 6 tbsp. powdered pectin
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. butter
Rinse lilac flowers in a colander like this one 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.
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.
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.
Yield: 3 pints or 6 half pints.
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