Recipe for How to Make and Can Redbud Jelly

redbud petals and jelly

Basic Steps for Making Redbud Jelly

  • Pick the redbud flower petals from the redbud tree
  • Separate the petals from any sticks or stems
  • Add 4 cups boiling water to the petals
  • Add lemon juice to the petal/water mixture
  • Place in refrigerator for 24 hours
  • Strain the petals from the liquid
  • Add liquid to pot and bring to a boil
  • Add pectin, bring to boil for one minute and stir continuously
  • Add 4 cups of sugar, stir to dissolve and boil for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Add to jars and water bath can for 10 minutes

Redbud Jelly

Edible flower recipes, such as this redbud jelly recipe have become one of my favorite things to make. These kind of recipes are also fun to do with your children! Redbud trees bloom for a short time in the early spring. They are so noticeable and beautiful, the purple redbud flowers really stand out. I decided to try making the beautiful redbud petals into redbud flower jelly.

redbud tree
Redbud Tree

This redbud jelly recipe is easy to make and results in a sweet, beautifully colored jelly.

Detailed Steps to Make Redbud Jelly

The first step is to pick the new redbud blooms from the redbud tree.

Branch of redbud tree
Branch of redbud tree

Pick enough that you have 2 to 4 cups of redbud blossoms. Remove the petals from the woody part of the stems. If you harvest some unopened buds it is okay. Recipes I have seen say to remove all the stems, this seemed very time consuming to me and I did not do it and it turned out fine.

Redbud petals in a bowl
Redbud petals in a bowl

Place the petals in a quart mason jar or a bowl. It is easier if you use the canning funnel.

redbud petals in mason jar
Redbud petals in mason jar

Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the petals to make the redbud tea. I used a quart jar and could not quite get the 4 cups in the jar with the petals, but it did not affect the final product.

Adding boiling water to the redbud petals to make redbud tea
Adding boiling water to the redbud petals to make redbud tea
Redbud and boiling water before adding the lemon juice
Redbud tea before adding the lemon juice

Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the redbud tea.

Adding lemon juice to the redbud tea
Adding lemon juice to the redbud tea

Adding the lemon juice reacts with the redbud petals to help draw out the beautiful purple/pink color and also draws out the flavor.

Jar of Redbud tea after adding lemon juice
Jar of Redbud tea after adding lemon juice

Place the tea in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The following day, strain the flowers from the liquid with a fine mesh sieve coffee filter or cheese cloth. You should have close to four cups of redbud tea.

Straining flowers from the redbud tea
Straining flowers from the redbud tea

Squeeze the remaining liquid from the flowers. The redbud flower tea is a beautiful color.

Beautiful pink/purple redbud tea
Beautiful pink/purple redbud tea

Pour the tea into a large pot and add 1 package of powdered regular pectin. I used sure jell. Stir to dissolve. Heat over high heat to a full boil.

Stirring the pectin into the redbud jelly tea
Stirring the pectin into the redbud jelly tea

Add four cups of white sugar, stirring while adding to dissolve. Bring to a hard boil and boil for 1 to 2 minutes.

Redbud Jelly mixture starting to boil
Redbud Jelly mixture starting to boil

The redbud jelly mixture will produce a foam while boiling.

Redbud jelly producing a foam while boiling
Redbud jelly producing a foam while boiling

Steps for Canning the Redbud Jelly

Turn off the heat and ladle the redbud jelly into jars. This recipe makes 5 half pint jars.

Ladling redbud jelly mixture into canning jars
Ladling redbud jelly mixture into canning jars

Fill the jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rims of the top of each jar with a damp cloth or wet paper towel and remove the air bubbles.

Jar of redbud jelly before canning
Jar of redbud jelly before canning

Put the lids on and place the jars into the canning pot. Process the jars at a full rolling boil for 10 minutes. Remove the hot jars with a jar lifter and place on a dish towel. Let sit for 24 hours before disturbing. Note: Sometimes it takes at least a day or more for the jelly to completely set up. Most of the time they are not quite set when you remove them from the canner.

jar of canned redbud jelly
Jar of canned redbud jelly

Low Sugar Option

If you want to use less sugar, use low sugar pectin instead of regular and add less sugar to the recipe (as little as 1-½ cups).

Enjoy

This redbud jelly recipe makes a beautiful and delicious jelly. Enjoy the delicious homemade redbud jelly on toast, biscuits, English muffins or whatever desired.

Redbud jelly on a spoon
Redbud Jelly

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Jar of redbud jelly with branch of redbud tree with redbud petals

Redbud Jelly Recipe

Yield: 5 half pint jars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe for how to make delicious and beautiful redbud jelly

Ingredients

  • 2 -4 cups of redbud petals
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pkg powdered pectin
  • 4 cups of sugar

Instructions

  1. Pick the redbud flower petals from the redbud tree
  2. Separate the petals from any sticks or stems
  3. Add 4 cups boiling water to the petals
  4. Add lemon juice to the petal/water mixture
  5. Place in refrigerator for 24 hours
  6. Strain the petals from the liquid
  7. Add liquid to the pot and bring to a boil
  8. Add pectin, bring to a boil for one minute and stir continuously
  9. Add 4 cups of sugar, stir to dissolve, and boil for 1 to 2 minutes
  10. Add to jars and water bath can for 10 minutes

Notes

Note: Sometimes it takes at least a day or more for the jelly to completely set up. Most of the time they are not quite set when you remove them from the canner.

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