Sweet Corn Cob Jelly

"I had a friend that told someone one time that I would make jelly out of corncobs if it was possible. Imagine her surprise when I told her that I had found a recipe. I made this just to prove that you can make jelly out of corn cobs, but it is so good that I will be making it every year from now on. It taste like a mild honey and people request it often."
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Ready In:
3 pints


  • 12 ears of old fashion field corn
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 box powdered fruit pectin
  • 4 cups sugar
  • yellow food coloring


  • Cut corn kernals from cobs and reserve for another recipe.
  • In a large pot, place cobs and water, bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and discard cobs; strain liquid through cheesecloth.
  • Liquid should measure 3 cups.
  • Add additional water if necessary.
  • Return to the pot and stir in pectin.
  • Bring to a full rolling boil.
  • Add sugar and bring back to a boil and boil for one minute.
  • Remove from heat and skim foam and add a few drops of food coloring.
  • Pour into hot jelly jars.
  • Place canning lids that have been preheated in hot water on jars and tighten rings as tight as possible.
  • Turn upside down and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Turn upright and allow to cool completely before storing.

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  1. ChefMamaBlogger
    I boiled a 16 quart stockpot full of bi-color and white cobs for about 20-25 minutes, strained it and got 4 quarts of "corn water" which I took 4 cups of with only two cups of sugar and a box of low sugar pectin. <br/><br/>It turned out amazing! Sweet and so honey-like! I plan on making another (double) batch with the rest of it tomorrow - I got three pint jars and about 1/4 of another one from it. Just great!
  2. Iron Bloomers
    This is one of the easiest jellies to make....I am glad I tried it--corn season is upon us! The taste is quite surprising...light, sweet & has a hint of something in the background I can't quite put my finger on--very tasty though. This one is going in my gift baskets...what a nice surprise! Thanks for a Great Recipe!
  3. sissy sue
    This is soooo good. I tried to cut the recipe down. I had bought a pack of corn, that only had four in it. The amount of water wasn't enough, so added more, don't know how much, so, it didn't turn out right. It didn't get thick. I boiled it some more, and put just a pinch more of pectin into it. It turned out perfect. We just love it. Can't wait to buy more corn and make more. This time I will make the full recipe.<br/>Update<br/>I made this again last night. I used the 12 ears of corn this time, and followed the recipe. The amount of water just isn't enough. You need to put at least 2 or 3 more cups in. I didn't have 3 cups of liquid, so had to put the cobs in and boil again. It turned out really good. It really don't make much. I just fill the jars, turn them upside down on the counter for awhile, then, I left them out all night, and put in the fridge in the morning. Works fine for me.<br/>Sure is good. It is our favorite jelly.
  4. Amberngriffinco
    Very interesting recipe. And, it is VERY SWEET and the sweetness does taste just like honey.<br/><br/>I didn't add the food dye, so it is pretty clear.
  5. 921351
    I made this first, out of curiosity...and then became HOOKED! OMG this is wonderful! I used 6 cobs from field corn (early September) and 6 cobs from some silver queen sweet corn. Can you say...TOO DIE FOR??????? Can't wait to use it and also put in my Cristmas gift baskets this year!


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