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Cantaloupe Jelly

We recently stopped at a local roadside stand where I have been buying seconds on produce to can as well as eat. I know the produce is not organic but there are weeks we can’t buy organic. They grow some of it themselves and some they buy locally to resell.

Don’t pass the roadside stands up thinking they cost more than the stores. They are generally a lot less than what the store prices are.

Don’t be afraid to purchase seconds or even reduced produce even in the stores. You can do as I did below and make jelly or dehydrate, freeze, or maybe can whatever it is that you found such a bargain on.

One stop a couple of weeks ago resulted in the filling up the back of our Tahoe with cantaloupe. The couple asked if we would like a deal on a bunch of them. They asked what we could do with them and I first thought of dehydrating and making fruit chips besides just eating them. We got 49 cantaloupe for $15. We gave 10 to a friend who has many children. We ate some for breakfast, as a light snack in the afternoon, and for dessert after supper. We were starting to get a little sick of seeing the cantaloupe after a few days. The photo below shows how many we had left after we gave the 10 to a friend.



There were a some that were not salvageable, but we gave those to the chickens and they gobbled them up. I don’t mind doing that as they provide us with eggs and if we had a bigger flock, meat. I also saved the seeds and dried those for planting next year as well as sharing. The rinds, what ones the chickens didn’t get, went into the compost pile. We try very hard not to waste anything. We do not throw produce scraps away in the trash can, they go into the compost. I keep a plastic ice cream bucket w/lid under the kitchen sink for scraps. The bucket gets emptied daily, washed, and ready to be filled again.

I wanted something else to do with them besides eating them, making smoothies, or cutting them in chunks and freezing. A google search led me to this Cantaloupe jam recipe. I tweaked the recipe a little. It turned out delicious!

Watch for after season sales on canning supplies as well. The pectin I used in the recipe below I actually bought last year after the canning season was over and I paid less than half of what I would have normally paid.




Cantaloupe Jelly
  • 6 cups firm ripe cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled, and pureed in blender
  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 11- 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salted butter
  • 2 packages of powdered pectin
In a medium stockpot, combine all the ingredients except the pectin.

Bring mixture to a rolling boil over medium-low heat and stir occasionally to keep it from sticking. Stir it constantly at first until all of the sugar is dissolved.


Once the mixture is boiling, stir in the pectin and bring back to a rolling boil while stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Boil until the jelly sheets off a spoon.

Turn off heat.

Skim any foam off.

Ladle hot jelly into hot sterilized jars. Leave 1/4-inch headspace, wipe rims, apply lid and rings (finger tight).

Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes for jelly jars and 15 minutes for pint jars.

Makes about 12 jelly jars.



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wow...you have surely been a very busy bee....good for you....it' nice to have a "taste" of summer in the dead middle of winter!

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thanks for sharing! i may have to try it!

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love your recipe and story!
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We had a LOT of cantaloupe. lol

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