How I Fixed My Peony Jelly Fiasco And Kept Going

Pink Peony Flower

Jars of Peony Jelly with flowersUgh! You’ve spent all day picking, cleaning, and getting everything together for your awesome new peony jelly. Boiling, stirring, boiling, timing, and pouring. And after all that, your Peony jelly is not jelly, it’s syrup. Now, what do you do?  There’s nothing worse than working all day on something and not having it turn out like you planned.  So what do you do?

I just had that happen to me last week. I was so upset because I had followed a different recipe for a jelly I very much wanted to try. Peony petals jelly, but the person who wrote the recipe was not a jelly maker. I’m not either so in reading it I was not aware that the recipe would not work.
The ingredients were not the usual, like berries or fruit. I figured because of this I should go by this recipe I found instead of the “standard” Sure-Jell Pectin recipes. Anyway, peony jelly is awesome!
After going through all the steps of making the jelly according to this person’s recipe, I watched it not set.

To begin with, I had to get the re-do instructions from my sister. I called my sister and asked how to fix this mess.  She’s made thousands of batches of jelly that she sold all over for years. There were a couple of times she had a batch that didn’t go as planned.  Oh, we found out after she couldn’t find her jelly book that the instructions are in the Sure-Jell pectin box.  I did however go to the Sure-Jell website and follow their directions.

After I got the information I proceeded to apply their process.  To be perfectly honest, I’m not one of those people who is very anal when doing things. I have a hard time following precise directions but in this instance, I knew I had to if I wanted it to work.

First: It says to prepare your jars as in cooked jam or jelly directions.

Second: I had to make a pectin mix with a box of pectin and ¾ cup of cold water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil on medium heat for 2 min., stirring constantly.

Third: It says in the instructions to make a trial batch but as I said, I’m not one to follow exact instructions. I opted to not make the trial batch and just go for it.

 Fourth: The next step after the trial batch is to do the remainder of the batch. The instructions say not to make more than 8 cups of jelly at a time. To proceed use 2 TB sugar and pectin mixture for each 1 cup of jam or jelly. In other words, if you have 8 cups of jelly, add 16 TB of sugar with the pectin mixture and jelly in the stockpot. Bring it all to a rolling boil, that can’t be stirred down. Boil 30 sec. stirring constantly. Remove from heat, skim off any foam (I forgot to do this). Pour jelly into the prepared jar; cover. Let stand 24 hours before checking.

Mine took 2 days to set. But it sure was worth it, it is beautiful and delicious. Oh, I forgot to skim the foam off the top as you can see from

the pictures.  Oh, well, it still tastes wonderful!Jars of Peony Jelly with flowers

White Peony Blooms On Bush

I’ve always been nervous about making jelly because I thought I would mess it up somehow. Well, I did and I fixed it and I’m going to keep making jelly! Don’t ever be afraid to do something because you might make a mistake.

Even if you make a great big mistake, you can usually fix it and do better the next time. Life is a bunch of learning episodes.  Please remember one thing.  If you are going to post a recipe, please, please, please make sure it works every time you make whatever you are posting.  It saves a lot of anguish.  Now go enjoy life and everything it has to offer.  Here are a few more posts you might enjoy reading.  and


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