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Basil Jelly Recipe

Basil Jelly Recipe

We grow lots of basil for our local farmers market, and this is a unique way to use it. The jelly is really good with cream cheese as an appetizer. I also like to combine a jar with 1 cup of barbecue sauce and simmer mini meatballs or cocktail wieners in the mixture. -Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Process: 15 min. YIELD:48 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 3 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 5 cups sugar


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water and basil to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Strain and discard basil. Return 3-2/3 cups liquid to the pan. Stir in pectin and, if desired, food coloring. Return to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in sugar. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim off foam.
  • 2. Ladle hot liquid into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • 3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 6 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 81 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 21g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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jerseysue55 User ID: 5667156 94104
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"I haven't tried this but as a cook throwing out the basil is like loosing all the flavor. I would find a good red pepper jelly recipe and just substitute the basil"

drbennett User ID: 1694794 55019
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"I would actually give this recipe minus stars. The concept was so mouthwatering but the actual product was a huge disappointment and a waste of my precious basil crop. The liquid that was to be used for the jelly was similar to water that you toss after cooking fresh vegetables. I have anticipated making this jelly since my sister forwarded a copy of the recipe to me, months ago. I have now chucked the recipe. I will be very cautious about trying another recipe for basil jelly any time soon. I just tear up when I think of the basil that was wasted and the lovely pesto that could have been made with it. FYI I am not a novice at jelly making. Family and friends always look forward to gifts of my jams and jellies."

psassy User ID: 6130286 135338
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"I made this using Thai Basil and purple basil and it was outstanding! I looked high and low for Thai Basil for the garden this year just so I could make lots more jelly. I used the Thai Basil jelly to make Lemon Thai Basil Thumbprint Cookies. Oh my! Fabulous! Just make lemon thumbprint cookies and add a dollop of Thai Basil jelly as your jelly/jam. I can't wait to make more purple basil jelly to try with the lemon thumbprint cookies. One of these days I will have to also make it with "ordinary" sweet basil. Excellent jelly recipe! Thanks for sharing!"

cadamsorama User ID: 1532981 55018
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Basil is my fav herb and I love anything made with basil. and this recipe really delighted my taste buds"

HobyB User ID: 5330145 69707
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"We have not tasted this yet, but the aroma in the kitchen was wonderful! The color was beautiful! The novelty of the basil as a jelly is enticing. We can't wait for it to set up and cool down."

Hotcookie2 User ID: 3356433 130451
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2010

"This jelly turned out so well. I loved the texture and the basil flavor. It's great to open this up during the winter and be reminded of this wonderful summer flavor."

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