Recipe for How to Make Elderflower Jelly

Elderflower jelly with flowers

This recipe for how to make elderflower jelly is an easy-to-make, delicious flower jelly.  It is fun to be able to use edible flowers like elderflower to make something beautiful and delicious, like this wonderful elderflower jelly!

I recently discovered three elderberry trees on my property in late spring. It was exciting because I had always heard of the health benefits of elderberry syrup and other products made from elderberries. The trees had beautiful cream-colored flowers and that is how I identified them.

elderberry tree on my property for elderflower jelly recipe
Elderberry Tree On My Property

Since the elderflower heads were so big and beautiful and I have been making edible flower jellies and also salves and lotion bars from flowers, I googled and found out that the elderflowers are just as beneficial as the elderberries. They have a delicate aroma, almost like lilacs.

Elderflowers on tree
elderflowers on tree

Basic Steps to Make Elderflower Jelly

  • Pick or cut the elderflowers from the tree
  • Pull the flower petals from the stems
  • Add 4 cups boiling water to the petals
  • Add lemon juice
  • Place in refrigerator for 24 hours
  • Strain the petals from the liquid
  • Add liquid to the pot and bring to a boil
  • Next add the powdered pectin, bring to a boil for one minute, and stir continuously
  • Add 4 cups of sugar, stir to dissolve, and boil for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Ladle the jelly into canning jars and water bath can for 10 minutes

Detailed Steps to Make Elderflower Jelly

Pick or cut the fragrant elderflowers from the elder trees. You will need 2 to 4 cups of blossoms.

Elderflower blossoms
Elderflower blossoms

Separate the flower petals from the stems and place in a large bowl or quart mason jar.

Elderflowers in quart jar for elderflower jelly recipe
Elderflowers in quart mason jar

Pour four cups of boiling water over the delicate petals using a canning funnel. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the daylily water infusion. For best results, I think that adding the lemon juice at this stage brings out the color, which is demonstrated by the picture below. After adding the lemon juice the infusion immediately turned yellow. Fresh lemon juice can be used or bottled lemon juice.

elderflower infusion after adding water for elderflower jelly
Elderflower infusion

After it cools to room temperature, place the elderflower infusion in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The next day, strain the petals from the tea using a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or coffee filter. You should have about 4 cups of liquid.

Straining the elderflower blossoms from the tea for elderflower jelly
Straining the elderflower blossoms from the tea

Add the elderflower tea to a large pan and add a package of powdered pectin. Stir it to dissolve the pectin. Heat on medium-high heat and bring to a full boil.

elderflower jelly with pectin
Adding pectin to make elderflower jelly

Add 4 cups of sugar slowly to the elderflower jelly mixture and stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil for 1 to 2 minutes.

pouring elderflower jelly into jars
Ladling elderflower jelly into jars

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

Add the jars to the water bath canner and process at a full rolling boil for 10 minutes. I use the Ball electric water bath canner and love it.

Remove the hot jars from the boiling water bath with a jar lifter and place them on a dish towel on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours. 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.

Elderflower jelly with flowers
Elderflower Jelly

Enjoy!

Enjoy the beautiful elderflower delicate jelly with a slightly floral flavor and pleasant sweetness. This homemade jelly made from this basic recipe would be so delicious with vanilla ice cream!

It is so fun to make delicious floral jellies from different edible flowers, and so fun for kids also. The different jellies make great gifts!

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com for more flower jelly recipes including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipepeony jelly red clover jelly and apple blossom recipe. I recently added my rose jelly made from rose petals. I plan to add more floral jellies next year including forsythia, lavender and bee balm jelly.

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Elderflower jelly with flowers

Elderflower Jelly Recipe

Yield: 5 to 6 pints
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This recipe for how to make elderflower jelly is an easy-to-make, delicious flower jelly.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 cups of elderflower petals
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 package powdered pectin
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Pick the elderflower blossoms
  2. Pull the petals from the flower and tear them into small pieces
  3. Add 4 cups boiling water to the petals
  4. Add the lemon juice
  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. Next add powdered 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. Ladle the jelly into canning jars
  11. Wipe the rims and remove the air bubbles, add lids
  12. Water bath can and process for 10 minutes at a rolling boil
  13. Remove the jars and place them on a dishtowel on the counter
  14. Do not disturb for 24 hours

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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