Corn Cob Jelly Recipe

We freeze corn every year.... we have LOTS of cobs we throw away every year! I decided to try something fun. Corn Cob Jelly, sounds weird but hey if you add enough sugar even corn cobs can turn out tasty. :0)
corn cob jelly in half pints


Gather your canning supplies
  • corn on the cob (about 12 cobs per batch of jelly desired)
  • 1 box pectin
  • 3.5 cups sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • water


Start by making a juice from your corn cobs. First blanch corn for 5 minutes. Then cut the kernels from the cobs. You can then use these kernels for canning, freezing or other recipes.

corn cobs simmering in stock pot on volcano grill

The day I did this we had been freezing corn for the winter and I just saved enough cobs to fill my stock pot. Put enough water in the pot to just cover the cobs.

Boil for 1 hour. Liquid will reduce.... that's ok.

I did this out in my carport with my volcano grill.

You'll need 3.5 cups of liquid for each batch of jelly you want to make. I had plenty! You might want just enough for one batch or two.

I ended up making two batches of jelly. For each batch of jelly use about 12 cobs and enough water to just cover. Remember the goal is 3.5 cups per batch.

corn cob juice 3.5 cups

Measure your juice. I strained one batch to remove the bits of corn. And the other batch I left the corn bits in.

I figured that way if my family balked at having corn kernels in thier jelly I'd have some clear stuff.... I kind of like the corn bits.... adds character!

corn cob jelly some strained some not It is difficult to make double batches of jelly so what I do is separate pots cooking at the same time. Add lemon juice and start heating. When hot add 3 1/2 cups sugar per batch. Bring to a boil. Add your pectin. Return to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute stirring constantly.
corn cob jelly wiping the rims

Fill your jars leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe the rims clean carefully.

You don't want the stickiness to interfere with the seal. Place your lids and the jars are ready to process in a waterbath canner.

How to use a water bath canner.

Process your corn cob jelly for the time listed below. Be sure to adjust for your altitude!


Pints and 1/2 points - process for 10 minutes
Altitude Adjustments for Boiling Water Bath Canner
Altitude in Feet Increase processing time
1001-3000 5 minutes
3001-6000 10 minutes
6001-8000 15 minutes
8001-10,000 20 minutes

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