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Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly Recipe

Updated on May 7, 2012
The flowers of Queen Anne's Lace make a beautiful, honey-flavored jelly.
The flowers of Queen Anne's Lace make a beautiful, honey-flavored jelly. | Source

Making Jelly from Queen Anne's Lace


Making jelly out of edible flowers is a fun way to make unusual jellies that taste delicious on toast, and have a beautiful range of soft, clear colors. This jelly is simple to make and does not require a jelly bag or other special jelly-making equipment. Queen Anne’s Lace is an edible flower which creates a gorgeous pink jelly: once canned, the jelly makes a wonderful homemade gift. This is also a fun recipe because Queen Anne’s Lace is a great acid indicator: the jelly will turn from green to pink once lemon juice is added to the recipe! One thing is sure: bringing a can of Queen Anne’s Lace jelly to a party will certainly start a lot of conversation!

Warning:

Before attempting to make any recipe from Queen Anne’s Lace, please read this article: How to Identify Queen Anne’s Lace. There is a very toxic plant which loosely resembles Queen Anne’s Lace – poison Hemlock is fatal to those who ingest any part of the plant, so do not attempt to make this recipe unless you are able to clearly identify both plants. Queen Anne’s Lace has hairy, green stems, smells like carrots, and usually has a purple “heart” in the middle of the flower. The flowers curl up like bird’s nests when the flower has been fertilized. Hemlock smells musty, has hairless, splotchy stems, and creates anise-like seeds when the flowers are fertilized.

Ingredient List for Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly


  • 2 cups of flower heads, cut very close to the base (include as few leaves or green parts as possible).
  • 1 box of sugar-free pectin*
  • 3 ½ cups sugar
  • 5 Tbsp lemon juice

*Do not use regular pectin in this recipe, or the jelly will not set correctly. Pectin for “low sugar” or “no sugar” recipes is required for this jelly recipe.

To measure the flowers, press the flowers tightly into a large glass measuring cup. It takes approximately 4 cups of loose flower heads to create 2 cups of tightly-packed flowers. Queen Anne's Lace can frequently be found growing in meadows, or along roadsides in most of the United States.

Be absolutely certain you know how to identify Queen Anne's Lace: Poison Hemlock has a similar flower!
Be absolutely certain you know how to identify Queen Anne's Lace: Poison Hemlock has a similar flower! | Source
Add boiling water to the flowers to create a tea from Queen Anne's Lace: this tea creates the base for the jelly (click to enlarge).
Add boiling water to the flowers to create a tea from Queen Anne's Lace: this tea creates the base for the jelly (click to enlarge). | Source

Method for Making the Jelly

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Place the trimmed flower heads into a large mixing bowl and pour the boiling water over the flowers. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and allow the mixture to steep for about 15 minutes. This will create a murky green tea.

The tea will not smell very appetizing (in fact, it will smell rather carrot-like), but do not worry – the tea will change character once the lemon juice, sugar, and pectin are added.


Once the flowers have steeped, strain the tea through a strainer (or use a colander with small holes). Add 4 ½ cups of tea to a large saucepan. Add ¼ cup granulated, white sugar to the tea, followed immediately by the sugar-free pectin. Stir vigorously to dissolve the pectin. At this point, the mixture will turn to a pleasing pink color.

Bring the mixture to a full boil and add the rest of the sugar (3 ¼ cups). Stir and bring the solution back to a full, rolling boil. Boil for exactly one minute. Add the lemon juice and stir thoroughly. Skim off any foam and discard.

Pour the hot jelly into clean jars. Leave 1/4” headspace for each jar and wipe the rim. Place sterilized lids onto each jar. Tighten the rings and place the jelly jars into a canner: process the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. Place on the counter and allow to cool for 24 hours after canning: test each lid for an appropriate seal by ensuring the lid does not flex up or down.

Canned jelly can be stored in a cool, dark location for up to 1 year. If this jelly is not canned, refrigerate and eat the jelly within 2 weeks.

This recipe makes approximately 6-8 jars of Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly.

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      cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

      sounds wonderful and fascinating. have just printed out this recipe. must try. will have to wait for next year, as local q a l has all gone to seed.

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      It is really simple to make, and the ingredients are really cheap! I have thought about substituting lime juice for the lemon juice, as that would probably be pretty good, too. You can also alter the amount of lemon juice to your taste (if you like less, you can use 4 tbsp, e.g.). Our QA Lace is also mostly gone - and our first frost isn't very far away. :-(

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a totally different recipe, I'm looking forward to trying this one, many thanks for sharing.

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I hope you like it! I used a whisk to help get the sugar-free pectin to dissolve into the sugar/flower tea mixture. This was my first time working with the sugar-free pectin, and it seemed to clump a little more than the regular pectin.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love Queen Anne's Lace but never knew it could be used for jelly. Good Hub.

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks! You can actually make jelly out of almost any edible flower - you simply have to make a "tea" out of the flower heads as outlined above. Do make sure the flowers are entirely edible, though!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, leah, WONDERFUL read. Loved this hub. Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Jelly is one of my favorite things in life. Besides breath. I appreciate you presenting this topic in such a lively and informative manner. Peace!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I love fellow jelly enthusiasts! I hope you have a wonderful day, Kenneth - and enjoy some toast with jelly!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Very cool! I had no idea. I'm not sure if there is any Queen Anne's lace left around here but I see a nature walk in our near future! All of these great jelly recipes are going to be fantastic in gift baskets this year.

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Our Queen Anne's Lace is nearly gone from the local area, too. There are a few patches left, but not enough to make jelly with, unfortunately. I also saw a patch of Hemlock (they don't look that much alike once you know the differences). I need to get some good Hemlock pictures so that people can see the obvious differences between the two plants!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Leah, I just had to share with you we went for a walk last night and throughout the entire walk Grace kept saying to me, Mom, we should have brought my basket so we could have picked those flowers to make that jelly. Lol, darn kid remembers everything! Looks like we'll be trying this out in the near future!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Too funny, Cara - I love her memory! There is an easier way to mix the low sugar pectin into the mixture so that it doesn't clump - I need to update this recipe to include that method (basically, combine the pectin with the sugar prior to adding it to the tea).

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      This sounds relatively easy. I wonder if it would work with lemon verbena (though that's a leaf not a flower.)

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      It might work, nArchuleta. You can always try it to see if it works! I know you can do it with dandelion heads - it makes a yellow jelly that tastes a bit like honey. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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