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Hawthorn Jelly

Hawthorn Jelly

Hawthorn jelly is a tasty way to take your medicine and easy to make at home.  All you need is hawthorn berries, sugar and lemon juice.  No added pectin required.


  • 1.5 to 2 lbs hawthorn berries
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Simmer the Hawthorns in water for roughly 30 minutes until they've completely disintegrated.  Mash them with a potato masher to help the process.

  2. Strain the mixture through a jelly bag or cheesecloth and measure the juice.  For every 2 cups of juice, add 2 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice.  It takes roughly 1.5 to 2 pounds of haws to yield 2 cups of juice.

  3. Return the strained hawthorn juice, sugar and lemon juice to the stove and boil rapidly for 10-15 minutes until it reaches gel stage.

  4. Pour the jelly into prepared canning jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Process in a water bath canner for 5 minutes, or store in the refrigerator for immediate use.

Recipe Notes

This recipe will work multiplied up to 4x per batch.  That means you can make a single batch with as much as 8 pounds of hawthorns.  Any more than that and it's safer to make multiple batches.  It can be hard to get a jelly to gel properly if the batch size is too large.