I have an abundance of lemon balm on my property that I generally make into 14″ smudge sticks for clearing and uplifting the energy on properties (available at earthlodgeherbals.com/smudge.htm) but this week I harvested so much I decided to make some super lemony jelly using a lemon balm infusion. It turned out fantastic, here’s the recipe:
*Zesty Lemon Balm Jelly*
3.5 cups of strong lemon balm infusion
(steep fresh herb in boiling hot water for 30+ minutes, strain)
1/2 cup lemon juice
Zest from 2 lemons
1 package of pectin
4.5 cups granulated sugar
Prepare SIX 8oz. jars and lids by placing in a bowl/sink of very hot/boiled water. Sealing rings do not need to be warmed.
Bring the first four ingredients to a boil together in a large pot.
Add the sugar all at once, return to a hard boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour into jars. Wipe rims, place lids and rings on jars, sealing “finger-tip” tight.
Process in water bath canner for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, remove lid from canner and wait 5 minutes before removing jars from water. Allow to cool for 12 -24 hours before removing rings for pantry storage.