A Simple Watermelon Jelly Recipe

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Watermelon Jelly is EASY to Make

Winter is a great time to switch up your food game and make something delicious that you normally wouldn’t get the chance to make. One creative dish to make this winter is watermelon jelly — a sweet and flavorful jelly that’s perfect for the cold season. It's a unique and tasty way to get your daily dose of antioxidants, plus some of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Watermelon jelly is a surprisingly simple dish to make — you’ll probably be surprised how easy it is. The only ingredients you need are watermelon, pectin, and sugar. Start by cooking the watermelon in a pot until it's soft and mashable. Once it’s cooked, strain out the juice and then measure out four cups of liquid. Combine this with one package of pectin and four cups of sugar, and heat it all together until it boils. Let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes and then pour it into jars and store it in the refrigerator.

Watermelon jelly is a great way to enjoy the sweet and refreshing taste of watermelon. Spread it on toast for breakfast or use it as a topping for cheesecakes and other desserts — the possibilities are endless. It also makes a great gift for friends and family.

Simple Watermelon Jelly Recipe

watermelon jelly recipe


- 8 cups of seeded watermelon flesh
- 3 cups of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 packets of pectin 
- 1/4 teaspoon of butter


1. Prepare the watermelon by cutting it into cubes and discarding the rind. You should have 8 cups of cubed watermelon flesh.
2. Place the watermelon cubes in a large pot and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Using a potato masher, mash the watermelon until it reaches a thinner consistency.
3. Once the watermelon is mashed, add the sugar and lemon juice and bring the mixture to a boil.
4. Add in the pectin and butter and stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute more.
5. Turn off the heat and skim off any foam that has formed at the surface.
6. Spoon the mixture into jelly jars and seal the lids. Place the jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
7. Allow the jelly jars to cool and store in a cool, dry place. Enjoy!

The jelly is as sweet and flavorful as fresh watermelon, but with a jelly-like consistency that makes it extra fun to devour. Not to mention, it is a great way to preserve and enjoy a summer favorite all year long!


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