Honey-Lemon Jelly

recipe, home preserving, canningThis sweet-tart jelly is my absolute favorite thing to can. It’s quick (for canning) and incredibly simple, but the end product is gourmet shop-worthy.

And excellent on toast.

Before you begin, gather up all of your equipment; this canning business can get out of hand if you’re unprepared!

You will need:

  • A deep stockpot with a drop-in insert (for pasta, etc), or a steamer or rack which fits into the bottom.
  • 8 4oz. jelly jars with lids and rings.
  • A cookie sheet (I use one with a rack that fits inside, but the rack isn’t strictly necessary.)
  • Tongs (for transferring jars in and out of the water bath, they sell fancy ones for canning, but if you’re careful, any tongs will do)
  • A funnel, if you’re not a confident pourer
  • A 4-quart saucepan
  • A silicone spatula

Honey-Lemon Jelly
adapted from Putting Food By, Hertzberg/Vaughn/Greene
Yields 8 4oz. jars

2 1/2 c. honey
3/4 c. lemon juice, well-strained
grated rind of 1 lemon
1 3oz. pouch liquid pectin

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Wash the jars and rings in warm soapy water, rinse, and set them right-side-up on the cookie sheet. Pop the tray in the oven until you’re just about ready to pour the jelly into the jars.

Set the lids in a bowl of hot water.

Put the steamer or rack into the stockpot and fill with enough water to cover the jars with an additional inch of water. Set the pot over high heat while you prep the jelly.

honey-lemon jelly recipe, home preserving, canningOpen the pouch of pectin and stand it up in a glass near the stove.


honey-lemon jelly recipe, home preserving, canningCombine the honey, lemon juice, and rind in the saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring and scraping the sides and bottom often.


Add the pectin and bring it back to a rolling boil, stirring and scraping constantly. Boil hard for a minute, still stirring and scraping.

honey-lemon jelly recipe, home preserving, canningTake the saucepan off the heat, pull the tray of jars out of the oven, then stir and scrape for another 3 minutes.


honey-lemon jelly recipe, home preserving, canningMy saucepan has a spout, so I was brave and poured without a funnel, but feel free to use one here. You should leave about 1/4″ of headspace at the top of each jar.


If you’ve spilled at all, wipe the rims and threads of the jars with a damp paper towel. Then place a lid on each jar (don’t worry about the water clinging to them). Screw a ring down just finger-tight over each lid, and watch your fingers–the jars are still hot!

honey-lemon jelly recipe, home preserving, canningNow, carefully lower your jars, in batches of four, into the boiling water bath. When the water returns to a boil, set a timer for 10 minutes. Remove the jars to the cookie sheet and leave them to cool to room temperature. Process the second batch the same way.

Later this week, I’ll give you my Earl Grey Tea Cake recipe, which–no surprise–goes very well with this jelly.

14 thoughts on “Honey-Lemon Jelly

  1. My in-laws give us homemade jelly each year – so many jars of it we can’t even finish them before the next year’s roll in.

    Which is awesome because as much as I ADORE you, I would never make homemade jelly myself.

    Just another reason why you should probably be raising my kids.

    p.s. Yours looks better than my mother-in-law’s. By a lot. Shhhhh.

  2. You know what’s even easier than canning said stuff?

    Getting someone to send you some 😉

    I worry about becoming a great big pile of sticky if I ever try to make my own jelly.

  3. Thanks Cam!

    This will be a welcome change from the grape jelly I made. The jars and jars and jars of grape jelly…(thanks to my overly generous neighbor, with her overly generous grape vines.)

    And I love the combination of honey and lemon:)

  4. Late to the party, but one of my favorite treats is lemon curd spread on saltines. Something about the salt with the sweet/tart lemon that makes me craaazy! This sounds like it would satisfy my love of this treat and I can make it myself! Pinned it for later cooking (after the requisite equipment has been procurred)

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