Just wait until you guys try out this easy 4-ingredient jelly recipe for making homemade watermelon jelly. It has a unique flavor that you probably don’t encounter often in the store-bought varieties, but it’s the best on toast with a bit of butter–yum!
How to Make Homemade Watermelon Jelly
Here’s everything that you’ll need to know in order to make this easy (and oh so addictive) 4-ingredient watermelon jelly:
- Blend. Add the bite-size watermelon chunks to a blender and blend shortly.
- Prepare for straining. Place a strainer over a bowl and then place a double layer of cheesecloth in the strainer.
- Pour. Pour the watermelon puree into cheesecloth.
- Cover. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate. Place the watermelon into the fridge and allow the liquid to drain out; do not squeeze.
- Prepare the juice. Take 1 cup of watermelon juice and add to a pot.
- Add ingredients. Add the sugar and lemon juice.
- Boil. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
- Add the pectin. Remove from the heat and stir in the liquid fruit pectin.
- Boil. Boil for one more minute, once again stirring constantly.
- Add to jars. Remove the jelly from the heat and pour into sterilized jars.
- Cool. Allow the jelly to cool completely before storing in a cool, dry place.
3 Quick Tips for Making Homemade Jelly
Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when it comes to making your own homemade jelly recipes:
- Stick with undamaged fruit. The fruit that you use to make your jelly should be as undamaged as possible in order to prevent it from spoiling too quickly.
- Granulated sugar vs preserving sugar. If the jelly that you’re making will be using high-pectin fruits, then you can stick with granulated sugar. On the other hand, if you’ll be working with low-pectin fruits, it’s not a bad idea to invest in having some preserving sugar on hand as well.
- Clean and sterilize your jars. Always use jars that have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized when making jams and jellies. Wash them in hot, soapy water and then place them upside down to cool for 30 to 45 minutes.
How Long Will It Take for the Watermelon Jelly to Set?
Most homemade jellies will typically set properly within 3 to 4 hours.
If you’re running into any issues with your jelly setting, then it could possibly be due to one of the following reasons:
- Using too large a volume of either sugar or fruit; stick with smaller quantities when making jelly.
- Accidentally overcooking the jelly.
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Homemade Watermelon Jelly (Easy 4-Ingredient Jelly Recipe)
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 23 minutes
- Yield: 2.5 cups 1x
- 3 cups bite-size chunks watermelon, seeds removed
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 ounces liquid fruit pectin
- Add the watermelon to a blender and blend shortly.
- Place a strainer over a bowl.
- Place a double layer of cheesecloth in the strainer.
- Pour the watermelon puree into cheesecloth.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and put in fridge to allow liquid to drain out. Do not squeeze.
- Take 1 cup of watermelon juice and add to a pot.
- Add the sugar and lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
- Remove from the heat.
- Stir in pectin.
- Boil for one more minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from the heat and pour into sterilized jars.
- Allow to cool completely, then store in cool, dark place.