Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Back to the Grind ~ Lilac Jelly
This was my "note to self" upon awakening. I had two days off in the kitchen. I technically had a complete two days off, so it was back to the grind, kitchen, laundry.....you name it.
I got more flowers on my birthday and many more gifts. The day was truly special, and I did not do a lick of work.
First, a breakfast needed to be made (made a scramble)
...and this crazy lady did this
I picked lilacs to try lilac jelly for the first time ever. The infusion first turned a blue-ish, then purple color.
Once the jelly was made it turned into a beautiful pink color. I was expecting a yellow color (someone showed me their jelly they canned), but of course this color is pink. Any thoughts? My blooms were a brighter purple, so maybe that is why? I will be tasting this in a day or so and let you all know if it's good.
I apologize for no printable version. I tried one way I googled and could not figure it out. It was written Feb. of 2021, but what pops up with the directions does not look like what her photos show. One of these days....
2 cups packed lilac flowers
2 1/2 cups boiling water
I use a quart canning jar. I add the flowers to the jar and pour the boiling water over. I put a lid and rim on and let it sit overnight, but you should let it infuse at least 8 hours.
Strain infusion. I use a coffee filter in a strainer over a glass bowl.
In a large pot, add:
2 cups of the lilac infusion
4 Tbsp. organic lemon juice
1 box sure-jell powdered pectin
Bring to a boil.
Add 4 cups sugar and bring to a rolling boil, constantly stirring. Boil one minute. Remove from heat and skim.
Pour into sterilized jars (1/4 inch head space), wipe jars, and add heated new lids and add the rim. Boil in canner for 10 minutes. Cool untouched for 24 hours.
Yield: 8 - 4 oz. jars or 4 - 8 oz. jars.