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Meyer lemon cranberry jelly

I’ve found a new answer to the adage ‘when life gives you lemons…’; I say make jelly. Cranberries have a ton of pectin power, which the lemon juice is now lacking (devoid of its sheath of pith, seeds and rind). Both of these fruits are likely to be found lurking in your winter kitchen. What’s a Meyer lemon, you ask?

This jelly is slightly tart, but just perfectly so. Skip sealing the jars if you’d like, two half-pints aren’t a huge burden on fridge space. They’ll keep in the fridge for 6 months or longer.

Meyer lemon cranberry jelly

Yields about 4 quarter-pints 

1. Juice ~3lbs Meyer lemons, saving and placing the seeds in a metal tea ball or cheescloth sachet. (Save those rinds and make Meyer limoncello!)

2. Add to your preserving pan and place over low heat:

2 cups Meyer lemon juice, strained

2 cups sugar

teaball with seeds

3. Once sugar granules have dissolved, add 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries and 1/2 cup water to the pot. Turn heat up to medium-high until it boils. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover pan, simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Remove pan from heat and mash cranberries with your spatula. Strain cranberry mush from your jelly using a fine mesh sieve. Clean preserving pan to remove cranberry carnage if necessary. Now is the time to taste the jelly to see if you’d like it sweeter, and if so, add more sugar. Return strained juice to pan and boil over med-high heat until you reach a set.

You’ll know your jelly is done when the bubbles have spaced out, and they are larger and become darker in appearance. Depending on your pot, this will take anywhere from 8-12 minutes. Skim foam if necessary.

Check out this post for tips on getting jelly to set, including the frozen spoon test.

4. Once your jelly has reached a set, remove pot from heat. Zest 1 lemon directly into the pot and add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or another other pure extract or homemade liqueur) if desired.

Let jelly infuse the new flavors for 5 minutes while you pull your jars out of the canner pot. Now is a good time to allow your lids to simmer (not boil) in a small saucepan.

Ladle mixture into sterilized jars leaving 1/2”-inch ‘headspace’, the distance between the fruit and top of the rim. Wipe rims with dampened, clean cloth or paper towel. Seal with two-piece lids.

5. Process for 5 min in boiling waterbath.

Reader Comments (13)

If you don't have a teaball, could you just make a little cheescloth sachet?

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaedre Craig

Yes, of course, Daedre! I just updated the post to reflect that. I think more people have cheesecloth than muslin spice bags. Thanks :)

January 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterKate

Meyer Limoncello?! I'm in.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Oh Yeah! This is right up my flavor alley! I love lemon anything and Jelly is just different enough to really be special. I would so make and eat this. Thanks for the recipe! I agree with the poster above too, Meyer Lemoncello?!?..I would LOVE a recipe for that!

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Chioffe

This sounds yummy. Interesting that you use the seeds for this . . . We have a Meyer lemon tree. Last year I made some lemon/poppyseed jelly that was also exceedingly delicious. Thank you for sharing :)

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlynn

Hi Debbie, The limoncello recipe is linked above, just click on those words that are green in Step 1!

January 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterKate

Yum! I can't wait to try this.

I'm moving in two weeks, but this recipe will be happening as soon as I'm settled!!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin @ FoodFash

Thanks for posting this recipe! I tried it out a couple of days ago and I was thrilled with the flavour!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl @ Flowery Prose

This looks so tangy and tasty, I can't wait totry it. I'm also admiring your juicer; so vintage and practical at the same time. Love it.

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

This looks amazing! May need to put it at the top of the "Try this soon" list!

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

KATe: I bought Meyer lemons this weekend, but not 3 lbs worth. Can this recipe be cut in half?

December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersophia

Of course! Reduce away Sophia, here's a post on how to successfully reduce recipes, should you need a math primer :)

December 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterKate

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