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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.


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)

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.

watermelon jelly

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, and process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Note: Jelly make take several days for gel to completely set.

Yield: 4 pints or 8 half-pints

New to boiling water canning and want to watch me prepare this recipe? Check out my step-by-step video based canning courses.

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