Easy Canning Recipe: Corn Cob Jelly
This delicious Corn Cob Jelly is light, sweet and incredibly delicate and delicious. It tastes a whole lot like honey on anything you spread it on.
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Saving Summer is my the theme for today and it’s something that’s pretty near and dear to my heart.
My garden is constantly over flowing with fruits and veggies that I can’t use up fast enough.
Last year we had an over abundance of banana peppers and blueberries.
This year it has been strawberries, blueberries and corn. Yes, corn.
Welcome to my world. I live in Missouri and it’s pretty abundant here.
I actually remember the first time I told someone in Florida, that I actually grow corn in my garden.
She laughed and laughed. I guess that does seem kinda strange to someone from Florida but here it’s a household staple.
It’s everywhere. You don’t even have to go far from my house to find corn field after corn field.
No really. Less than 5 minutes.
Since I have such an abundance of corn this year, I thought it only fitting to make that the subject for today.
We made Corn Cob Jelly.
This delicious Corn Cob Jelly is light, sweet and tastes a whole lot like honey.
I got this recipe from my blogging friend Pam from Blueberries and Blessings (blog is gone now) and set about making it nearly immediately.
I cannot tell you how happy I am we tried it and we’ve made it a bunch since!
The first time we tried making Corn Cob Jelly, it never did firm up all the way.
At first, I was disappointed but then realized it had turned into a delicious, thick syrup for waffles and pancakes.
Okay, that works, I guess. But not what I wanted.
It was delicious, but it definitely lacked the jelly consistency that I was looking for.
At least I now know how to make Corn Cob Syrup and yes I have made a few batches.
Since what I wanted was Jelly, I was determined to get some Corn Cob Jelly this year.
So I tweaked the recipe, mixing it with a few others after doing some research.
It all related to the sugar amount.
The less sugar I used, the more syrupy my liquid would be, and no amount of letting it sit in the fridge or anywhere was changing that.
The balance seems to be the amount of cups of water should equal the amount of cups of sugar added.
That seems to work pretty well.
I seem to get about 3 1/2 cups of liquid after straining each time I make this, so that’s what I used in sugar.
This held true whether I used regular fruit pectin or it’s low sugar counterpart.
So use whichever you prefer.
While I certainly have an over abundance of corn growing, it isn’t generally ready all at the same time.
So, my other trick is to freeze the corn cobs after removing the kernels for other uses.
I might only pull 2 or 3 a day, so I pop them in a freezer bag after I’ve removed the kernels.
When I am ready to whip up a batch of Corn Cob Jelly, I just allow a little more time when I am boiling to let the flavor into the water.
I’ve had no problems doing this, so if you’re like me and don’t typically have 12 corn cobs all at the same time, freezing works.
Oh and one more fun little trick.
When I remove the corn cobs from the water, I allow them to dry out completely.
They make AWESOME fire starters for those fall campfires or fire pits.
Well, either that or you can share it with any small rodents you have living in your house.
The Corn Cob Jelly is excellent on:
- English muffins
- pork chops
- anywhere you would add jelly or even honey
Have you ever made or tried Corn Cob Jelly? You really must!
More Budget Friendly Summer Recipes
- Freeze Cherries
- Freeze Herbs
- Make Freezer Harvest Soup Kits
- Oven Dry Cherries
- Classic Freezer Tomato Sauce
- Pico De Gallo
- Spring Conserve
- Hot Pepper Jelly
- Peach Preserves
- Raw Raspberry-Vanilla Chia Jam
- Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños with Herb
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Canning Tips & Tricks
- canning is definitely a science, and if you’ve never done it before, be sure to read up and do some research not only on the recipe you choose, but also on your location. Things like elevation, climate and other factors drastically affect how your outcome will be.
- If your jelly did not set, and looks more like a syrup (which you can also use), it is usually a problem that is caused by the temperature you used, pectin problems (old, expired, exposed to moisture, using a different type than the recipe calls for, etc), or incorrect measurements (like measuring the amount of fruit/vegetables differently than the recipe calls for, etc.).
- If the Corn Cob Jelly is cooked at too high a temperature, it can destroy the pectins’ ability to jell but if it’s not boiled long enough it won’t set either. As I said, a major science experiment.
- Corn Cob Jelly does need to fully cool before it jells.
- If you need to fix a recipe that has not jelled correctly, and is like syrup, try these canning fixes.
Recipe for Corn Cob Jelly
Corn Cob Jelly
- 12 corn cobs kernels removed
- 1 package 1-3/4 ounces powdered fruit pectin
- 3 1/2-4 cups sugar
- a drop or two of yellow food coloring
- 3 1/2-4 cups of water from boiling the corn cobs.
- Remove corn kernels from cobs and save for another recipe or use as a side dish for dinner.
- In a large pot, drop corncobs with about 6-8 cups of water; bring to a boil.
- Boil uncovered for about 10 minutes.
- Throw away the cobs and strain the liquid to remove extra pieces, etc.
- Reserve 3 1/2 cups of liquid. You can throw out the rest.
- Place the corn cob water back into the large pot and stir in the pectin. Bring to a strong boil.
- Add the sugar and bring back to a boil.
- Skim the foam off the top and add a few drops of yellow food coloring if you’d like.
- Ladle the liquid into jelly jars, leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch head-space
- Place the seal and rings on the jar and process the jelly in a water bath for about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove and set aside. As they cool, listen for the jars to pop.
- If for some reason they do not pop, just put that jar into the refrigerator and use it within 2 weeks.
- Shelf life (for popped jars) is 1-2 years
I remember Pam’s post from last year, Nicole, and I was so intrigued because I had never heard of corncob jelly before! I never got around to making it but this is the reminder I needed. I’ll definitely be throwing my summer cobs in the freezer and trying this as soon as I have enough.
Also, great tip on drying the boiled cobs out to use as fire starters!
That was what happened to me Stacy, I was so incredibly intrigued and I needed to know what it tasted like. It’s actually super light and really does taste just like honey. It’s kinda amazing.
I’m intrigued with the idea of corn cob jelly. We like jelly and we like corn on the cob – so this may be a fun recipe for our family to try.
lol Amanda, when I first heard of it I thought … hmmm.. But always one to try something new, we went for it and now we can’t get enough! Hope your family loves it too!
We have lots of corn fields here in Georgia too. I’ve never tried corn cob jelly though. Sounds interesting.
I would have never thought of this. This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Going to get some corn today.
You will love it Jennifer! It’s absolutely fantastic and we make it a lot!
Man, I could sure go for that on a slice of toast right now. Never had that before but it looks so good. Love the gorgeous color!!!
Wow, I grew up in the heart of corn country and I’ve never heard of this!!! What a fun recipe to try!
PS…I cannot believe I didn’t get a chance to say hi or give you a hug at the F&W conference! 🙁
Ha! I can remember you telling me you were growing corn and I was like — what? I have never heard of such a thing.
The joke is on me – this recipe looks fantastic!
Corn jelly? What?! This is genius! I am so going to make this, I love corn!
I remember reading somewhere that the corn cob holds all the sweetness of corn 🙂 This sounds good I love to try it!
I’ve heard of corn ice cream, but never corn cob jelly! I love how it sounds, and great tips on using the cobs. I always keep a bunch of cobs in the freezer for corn cob broth, and now I have another use for them. I’d never thought to use dried out ones for fire starters either. Genius!
I would never have thought to use corn to make jam, but what a great idea! It looks like sunshine in a jar!
This looks great! I made some last year and agree…it tastes just like honey!
I’ve never canned anything before, but today’s theme is really making me antsy to try it!
I have a bunch of cobs waiting to go, but only “jam sugar” with pectin already added to use. Definitely going to give it a go though after seeing your success!
Oh my … I have never had corn cob jelly … I am so intrigued by it … especially since it tastes like honey!
I’m definitely going to have to give this recipe a try!
This is so incredibly unique and fabulous. I would never have thought of corn cob jelly…ever! Then again, I do not have miles and miles of field inspiration near me!
Wow! That sounds amazing – I bet you could use it over or in ice cream too.
I was so intrigued by the idea of corn cob jelly I couldn’t wait to see this! We are surrounded by sweet corn here in this part of PA too. I want to taste this on some fresh bread!
What a great way to make use of every part of the corn. I would never have thought about making a corn jelly, but this sounds delicious!
I love the idea of savory pairings with this! I’m going to have to make this one, I’m totally intrigued!!
Interesting. Never heard if it before but I will try it. I am growing corn this year for the first time. Thanks!
Corn is at its peak here now and I’m going to try canning it for the first time. Since I’ll have all of those cobs left over and the kitchen already heated up the jam just seems to be a natural step. Thanks for the post.
I was interested in your description of the syrup stage of the experiments as I can see that being a very useful product too. Can you remember how much water would give the consistency of honey?
Mine isn’t a reply, its a question. Can you make this with sugar substitute or sugar free pectin?
Everyone thought I was crazy for trying this recipe. I have 11 jars cooling and popping as I type! This stuff REALLY does taste like honey!!! I can’t wait for my skeptics to receive a jar ?
I made this tonight and followed the recipe to a t and for some reason its just not setting. 🙁 any ideas?
Hi Whitney, I hope by now it has set up. It usually isn’t instant. If it didn’t setup correctly, my first guess would be that maybe you’re at a different elevation or humidity level than I am. I have made this several times following this recipe and haven’t had it not set up, but it usually takes a day or so before it’s set up. Hope that helps.
Wow. I have never even hear of corn on the cob jelly! I love stumbling across new recipes like this. It reminds you just how much variety really is out there.
Can I use field corn cobs for making jelly?
I’m hoping my corn cob jelly will be as good as my mom’s was back in the day! We were a family of 9 and had a HUGE garden. My mom was born in 1927 so lived through the depression.
As I tell my husband, born and raised in town, he won’t make it through tough times like I can…living off the earth! Glad for my SW Wisconsin upbringing where foraging or hunting for food was a commonplace event and trained me to make items like…watermelon rind pickles.
Thanks for the recipe
How can I save my jelly..? It never set up?
I’m so sorry that it didn’t set up. There are so many variables, so it’s often hard to troubleshoot what might have gone wrong. I’ve had my own different jellies not set before and I usually use the information on this page: https://www.pickyourown.org/how_to_fix_runny_jam.htm
I hope it helps you too!