Lime Jelly

"This lime jelly is sweet with bursting lime flavor. I only make this when I can get the limes on sale. Don't use too much food coloring as it will look artificially green. Found this recipe on-line."
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Ready In:
5 half pints


  • 2 12 cups prepared lime juice (6 to 8 limes)
  • 1 34 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  • 1 (3 ounce) envelope liquid pectin


  • Grate the peel of 5 of the limes; set aside.
  • Squeeze enough juice from 6 to 8 of the limes to measure 3/4 cup; pour juice into medium bowl.
  • Add lime peel and water; mix well. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth over a medium bowl. Pour juice mixture into cheesecloth. Tie it closed and let drip into bowl until dripping stops, about 10-15 minutes. Press gently. Measure exactly 2-1/2 cups prepared juice into a 6-quart pan.
  • Stir sugar into the juice in the pan.
  • Add food coloring if desired.
  • Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute.
  • Skim off any foam.
  • Ladle into jars, seal and process 8 minutes.
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Questions & Replies

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  1. jdarc
    I’ve never made jelly before. What does “process 8 minutes” mean?


  1. jnpj7468
    Wow! I saw this recipe from Certo posted here and decided to try it. I am amazed by this recipe! This was both my first attempt at canning anything and my first try at making jelly. I used key limes in the recipe. I hadn't planned on adding any food coloring, but the juice mixture I ended up with was a yellowish-brown, unappealing color. I went ahead and added a drop of green food coloring, and the jelly ended up a very pretty light green color that looked so gorgeous in the jars. I found out that I enjoy the canning process; I loved the popping sound the jars made when they were sealing. Also, It was great watching the product slowly get to a jelly-like consistency when it was cooling in the sealed jars. I ended up with the 5 half pints the recipe said I would get. I think this is a great recipe for a first time jelly-maker like me. It was so much fun to do that I can't wait to make more! I just opened up a jar, and the jelly was so delicious. It was sweet and a bit tart from the limes, and it had a perfect consistency. Thanks so much for posting the great recipe!
  2. Bonnie G #2
    Had to come back and let you know I loved the lime so much and made this with lemon and it's also awesome. I did leave the lemon zest and pulp in this time and it added nice little flecks to the jelly.
  3. Rachels Home Recipes
    I needed a canning recipe to use up my key limes left over from making a key lime pie. I love how that little note of the food coloring was excatally right and and it set wonderfully. Thank you again for this great recipe!
  4. Josh P.
    If too "overpowering" as is, adding brown sugar to a scone, for example, helps dial back the tartness.
  5. forpeachy2001
    How long does it take to set? And if it doesn't set how do I fix it


  1. priscila_cintron
    added pineapple juice and minced ginger


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