Rhubarb Jelly

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Process: 10 min.


8 half-pints

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I help help my husband with the pouring and skimming for this jelly—my own personal favorite. It's nice as both a breakfast spread and a topping for pork or other meat. —Jean Coleman, Ottawa, Ontario


  • 4-1/2 to 5 pounds rhubarb (4-1/2 to 5 quarts), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin


  1. Grind the rhubarb in a food processor or grinder. Line a strainer with 4 layers of cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Place rhubarb in strainer; cover with edges of cheesecloth. Let stand for 30 minutes or until liquid measures 3-1/2 cups. Pour juice into a Dutch oven; add sugar and, if desired, food coloring.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add pectin; bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; let stand a few minutes. Skim off foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight. Place jars into canner with hot water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Canning Altitude Jam-Jelly
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.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 92 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.