Home Canning: Rose Petal Jelly Recipe

by Charlotte Walker

Roses are quite special to me.  I catch their scent in the morning breeze and it makes me blissfully sentimental. As a child I would often tag along behind my Great Uncle Syd as he tended his magnificent roses in England. A long time and passionate cultivator of roses, his gardens were quite special. Syd even created a hybrid that he named after my mother. This rose petal jelly invokes memories of my childhood each time I open a jar.

The roses on our property are called Snow Pavement (Schneekoppe). This is a pale lavender Rosa rugosa hybrid from Germany and hardy to zone 3.  They are very disease resistant roses that bloom from early summer into fall frost. We also have similar roses in fuchsia and white. You can use any type of rose for this recipe but please be careful to only use roses that have not been treated with chemicals.

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence ~ R.W. Emerson

Collecting Petals

pottager garden untamed roses

Over the summer I collect the rose petals every few days and place them in a drying rack. You can tell that rose petals are ready for collecting by running your hand gently over the flower. The petals will come free with no resistance when they are ready. Spread them out on a mesh screen to dry and then store them in an airtight container. This recipe works well with both fresh and dried petals.

Rose Petal Jelly Recipe

This rose petal jelly is lightly floral with and bright with a  hint of lemon. Serve it on fresh buttered bread or drizzle it on top of vanilla ice cream (I like to shave a few slivers of chocolate on top) .  We often have fruit & yogurt smoothies and a spoonful of this jam adds a nice flavour.  This recipe is inspired by a recipe found in the book “The Jams and Jellies of Christine Ferber, my favourite recipe book of all time. You can read my post How to Make Gourmet Jams & Jellies (that are easy to make) for even more Jam & Jelly inspiration. If you like this recipe you might also like Home Canning: Raspberry Jam with Kirsch Recipe or Home Canning: Strawberry Rose Jam.

Home Canning: Rose Petal Jelly Recipe

Roses are quite special to me.  I catch their scent in the morning breeze and it makes me blissfully sentimental. As a child… The Kitchen Home Canning: Rose Petal Jelly Recipe European Print This
Serves: 4 Half pints (250ml)
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.4/5
( 17 voted )


  • 3 Cups Rose Petals (fresh or dried)
  • 6 Cups Purified water (to make 4 cups rose water)
  • 4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Pouches Liquid pectin (or half pint of homemade apple pectin) See recipe Instructions
  • Supplies:
  • Water bath or steam canner
  • Large sauce pan
  • Large ceramic bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • Jelly bag or cheese cloth
  • Ladle & wooden spoon
  • 4 half pint (250ml) jars, lids & rings


Place the rose petals and water in your jelly pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes to an hour and then strain. Reserve four cups of liquid.

Wash your jars with hot water and soap and set aside. Prepare your canner and heat it up.

Squeeze one lemon and add the juice of the lemon and four cups of rosewater and the sugar to your jelly pan. Bring to a low simmer.

Add two pouches of liquid pectin or about 1 half pint jar of home-made apple pectin or for a reduced sugar recipe use 4tsp calcium water and 4 tsp Pomera's pectin. Keep in mind that with rose water there isn't any natural pectin so you need to use quite a bit to get a good set.

Bring to a low boil for five minutes and test the set. When you are happy with the set, ladle the mixture into your jars, wipe the rims, place the warmed lids and the rings on the jars and carefully set them into the canner. For a special finish: Add some rose petals to the bottom of your jars before filling with the jelly mixture.

Following your canners instructions process the jars for ten minutes. Turn off the heat and carefully remove the lid. Steam can cause burns so use caution. Let the jars cool for 10 minutes and then using a jar lifter carefully lift them and place them on a cutting board or towel to cool completely.

Once the jars have cooled for 24 hours, check their seal. You should hear the occasional pinging sound as they are cooling that gives you an auditory confirmation that your jars have sealed. If you look at the lid of the jar, you should notice that there is a small bump in the lids. This bump depresses as the jars seal "sucking it down". All of the lids should be sucked down. If you press on the center of the lid and that bump pops up, they are not sealed properly. If you should have an issue with a jar not sealing, refrigerate it and eat within a few weeks.

Remove the metal rings and wipe the lids and jars with a damp clean cloth. Store the jars without the rings in a cool dark place.


TIP: Testing the set: Place a saucer in your freezer to chill. When you are ready to test the set, drop a spoonful of the jelly onto the saucer and wait about 20 seconds. You can then determine if the jelly once cooled will be set to your desired consistency. You can boil for another five minutes and test the set again.

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Kat Valencia June 11, 2019 - 4:42 am

Won’t using the same amount of dried petals as fresh lead to a stronger flavor?

Charlotte Walker June 27, 2019 - 11:36 am

With the rose petals and how this jelly is heat processed I have not found this to be the case. They seem to lose a bit of their strength when dried/boiled and all of that.

Denise April 26, 2020 - 5:00 am

How much rose petals do you use by weight?

Charlotte Walker June 2, 2020 - 8:57 am

Hi Denise, I don’t have a weight to give to you (it will be a while before I have fresh rose petals to work with again).


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