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Summertime is here. When I imagine summer, I think of my blooming garden, hours swimming at the lake, picnics, and watermelon. Watermelon is, by far, one of my favorite fruits. It is juicy, sweet, and messy, the perfect combination for a treat.
Connor absolutely loves watermelon. He can eat so much of it, I swear he will BECOME a watermelon!
A year ago, I knew I wanted to preserve watermelon, but how? Canning watermelon slices won’t work. Then I realized, why not make a jelly out of watermelon? It is amazing.
You do need a juicer or at least a way to get the juice out of the watermelon without the pulp. That could mean blending and straining the watermelon.
We just happen to have a juicer, which makes the process easier. If you plan to make a lot of jellies, I suggest you get a juicer. You can use it to make grape jelly, strawberry jell, and so much more!
Start to finish, it takes me less than an hour to make watermelon jelly.
*It is important to note that watermelon is higher on the acidity scale, which means you must add acid to the recipe to safely water bath this recipe.
A sweet and delicious jelly made from watermelon juice is a treat your whole family will love.
- 4 Cups Watermelon Juice
- 4 Cups Sugar
- 1 Box Low-Sugar Pectin
- 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
Juice the watermelon or blend then strain the mixture. Put the juice into a pot and turn on medium/high heat to boil.
Allow the watermelon juice to boil, stirring frequently. Since watermelon contains so much water, you need to cook it longer than normal. Make sure you stir so that it doesn't burn.
Next, Mix the box of pectin with one cup of sugar. I use low sugar pectin because 8 cups of sugar for the regular pectin is just too much. You'll lose the flavor of the watermelon.
Stir in the pectin and sugar mixture. Then, slowly add the rest of the sugar, stirring well after each cup.
Let the liquid come back to a rolling boil and boil for 1-2 minutes while stirring continuously.
Remove from heat and ladle into jars. You will typically get 7 to 8 half-pint jars with one recipe.
Finally, water bath can for 5 minutes. Remove from the canner and place on a dry towel on the counters. Let cool for 12 hours before disturbing.
Have you ever tried watermelon jelly? It is a top seller for me because my friends and family love it for its unique flavor.
Supplies to Make Watermelon Jelly
For a complete list of canning supplies, take a look at my guide to gather canning supplies!
- Breville Juice Fountain Juice Extractor
- Norpro Canning Essentials – 6 Piece Set
- Granite Ware Preserving Canner
- Kraft Sure Jelly Light Fruit Pectin
- 15-Pack Mason Jars