Fireweed Jelly

by Lynn

Fireweed is abundant here in Alaska and is not only beautiful to look at but is great for many other things as well.

One of those things is Fireweed jelly!

What You Will Need For Fireweed Jelly

10 cups fireweed flowers freshly picked without the stems. We like to move around from place to place as to not over pick one area.

8 cups spring water. This is what I use because we haul our own water and I do not care for chlorine treatments. I cannot advise as to how this would turn out with treated water.

4 packages powder pectin -1.75 oz. each

1/4 c lemon juice

8 cups Organic Unrefined Sugar.

Fireweed Jelly Instructions

Alaska Fireweed

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, then add the blossoms.

Boil for 5 minutes, creating a brown “tea”.

The blossoms will lose their color during this. Don’t worry, the lemon will bring the color back when you get to that step.

Strain the liquid into another pot using a cheesecloth or a colander.

Add the pectin and lemon juice, and bring it back to a boil, boiling for 1 minute. The video does not have this step, I apologize.

Add the sugar, stirring constantly, and boil for another minute.

Ladle the jelly into jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Process jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. If you are new to canning, here is a great guide: Water Bath Canning

I do not have a post written yet with how I do it, but hopefully, I will soon!

Remove jars and let cool completely until the next day.

Make sure all your lids have been sealed and remove rings.

Label & put up!

It’s that easy.

Alaska Fireweed Jelly

If you enjoyed this, you may also like to make some Homemade Vanilla!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

Alaska fireweed and a rainbow

Fireweed Jelly

Yield: 10-12 half pints

Grab a slice of Sourdough and get ready to spread some of this yumminess around!

Ingredients

  • 10 cups fireweed flowers
  • 8 cups spring water
  • 4 packages powder pectin -1.75 oz. each
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 8 cups Organic Cane Sugar

Instructions

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, then add the blossoms.

Boil for 5 minutes, creating a brown tea. The blossoms will lose their color during this.

Strain the liquid into another pot using a cheesecloth or a colander.

Add the pectin and lemon juice, and bring it back to a boil, boiling for 1 minute.

Add the sugar, stirring constantly, and boil for another minute.

Ladle the jelly into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Process jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.

Remove jars and let cool completely until the next day.

Make sure all your lids have been sealed and remove rings.

Label & put up!

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