Homemade Watermelon Jelly Recipe

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Canning Watermelon Jelly

Ever get a watermelon and have more than you can eat before it goes bad?  We have a few recipes on what you can do with your ‘extra’ watermelon to enjoy it on your toast.  You can even enjoy watermelon jelly on your ice cream, in cinnamon rolls (well, replace the cinnamon with jelly).

cubed watermelon

What Is Used To Make Watermelon Jelly?

You will want to combine watermelon puree with sugar and powdered pectin. The sugar mixture and lemon juice are combined. Don’t forget to use the little bit of butter, that helps the jelly from foaming. Make sure the watermelon does not have seeds, you want to use seedless. You may have to use an emersion blender or food processor to puree the watermelon. And even though our watermelon was seedless, it has white seeds, we just pureed them.

emersion blender

What Does Watermelon Jelly Taste Like?

Watermelon jelly tastes like a sweetened version of your favorite watermelon.  Some call it Summer in a jar. You want to use a ripe watermelon when making the jelly.

making jelly

Can You Use Watermelon Juice to Make Watermelon Jelly?

Yes you can use watermelon juice.  We recommend you take seedless watermelon and make watermelon puree to make your jelly. But you can use strained watermelon if you

full jelly jar

How Long Does it Take For Jelly to Set After Canning?

It can take up to 24-48 hours for the jelly to set.  After you water bath the jelly, be sure to place it on the counter with a towel under it and a towel covering it.  This allows the jelly to cool slowly and keep any cool drafts off the jars (which keeps them from breaking).

canning jar funnel

Can You Add to Much Pectin to Jelly?

Yes.  You should follow the recipe that tells you how much to use.  Using too much, can cause your jelly to be really firm and stiff. If you don’t use enough, it could be liquid and not set.

prepared jars

Why Is Lemon Juice Used in Making Jelly?

Lemon juice helps ensure that the jam or jelly will set properly.

processing jars

What Can You Do with Watermelon Rinds?

You can make spiced pickled watermelon rinds. They are like pickles, as they are made with vinegar.  They also have that cinnamon kick as well.

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Homemade Watermelon Jelly Recipe

Enjoy homemade watermelon jelly. A surprising taste you might not expect, but will fall in love with on your toast.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 2 cups waterlemon puree
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 Tablespoons pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter


  • Add pectin into the FreshTek Canner.
  • Add the watermelon puree.
  • Next add the lemon juice and butter.
  • Press the jam button and start prepping your sanitized jars, lids and bands.
  • When the jam maker beeps, add the sugar to the canner and cover.
  • When the jam maker beeps again and stops, it's done.
  • Remove the paddle with a oven mitten (it's super hot)
  • Use the ladle and fill the jars with a funnel.
  • Leave 1/4" headspace in each jar.
  • Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean wet towel to remove any debris.
  • Place a seal and band on each jar, hand tightening.
  • Water bath the jars in hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the water and place on a towel and cover with a towel.
  • The towels will allow the jars to slowly cool and seal.
  • Check to ensure the jars are sealed and date and label.


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Enjoy homemade watermelon jelly. A surprising taste you might not expect, but will fall in love with on your toast.

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