Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fireweed Jelly

My recipe is derived from a friend, Deanna Holee, who got the recipe published in the Nome Centennial Cook Book… her name is Deanna Holee.  I have altered to the original recipe to give clarification to the instructions.

Pick approximately one large grocery bag full of fireweed tops (there will be bugs). Outside or in the kitchen sink pull blossoms and buds that are about to open and put the in a colander.

1 ½ Cups Tightly packed fireweed blossoms
2 ¼ Cups Water

Boil water. Add fireweed blossoms. Boil until all color washes out. The flowers will turn gray. Strain fireweed and liquid in a strainer with cheesecloth into a large bowl or pitcher. Discard flowers and bugs. The liquid is called fireweed tea.

1 ¾ Cups      Fireweed Tea
2 T                Lemon Juice
3 ½ Cups      Sugar (do not use sugar substitutes or reduce amount)
1 pkg            Liquid Certo Pectin (3 oz.). Check expiration date.


The tea will be purple/brown in color. In sauce pan add fireweed tea and lemon juice. The tea will turn fuchsia in color. Add sugar. Cook at medium high heat. When liquid boils add pectin and return to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Pour and seal in clean jars.
*Tip on sealing jars:
After cleaning jars. Pour hot liquid, put caps and bands on. Screw bands on tightly. Turn jars upside down and let it set for 3 minutes. Turn right side up. Your jars have been sealed and sterilized because of the hot liquid. Jars will seal after some cooling.
1 grocery bag full of fireweed tops makes about two batches. I get about (4) 8 oz. jars or (8) 4 oz. jars out of each batch.

Watch the video below for step by step instructions.


  1. Hi! I just found your recipe and tutorial tonight. I tried it and it turned out perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      I'm glad it turned out for you!

  2. My favorite recipe for Fireweed Jelly yet! Thank you!

  3. How long does it last? Does it need to be refrigerated?

    1. 1-2 years. After a year the pink color fades, but will taste the same. Refrigerate after opening.

  4. I made it and it turned out amazing. I'm. In. Seward Alaska :) I was wondering though. How DOES one double a recipe.

    1. Also. I got 3 8oz jars the first time and 9 4oz jars the second.

    2. you can double the the tea recipe but when making the jelly I do not recommend doubling the batch as it tends to not set. You can try, but I've known quite a few people who ended up with fireweed syrup instead of jelly.

  5. How do you get that cute label on top?