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Pineapple Orange Jelly

Pineapple Orange Jelly was created by Marisa McClellan and is reprinted with permission from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars© 2016 by Marisa McClellan, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group.
Marisa is a writer, teacher, and blogger at Food in Jars. She lives in Philadelphia and creates a wide variety of yummy eats to put up in jars from her small kitchen there.
Here’s what Marisa says about Pineapple Orange Jelly: “This jelly is a hit with lovers of tropical fruit. If you have a juicer, try making the pineapple juice at home. If not, seek out the good stuff from your local high-end market and skip the kind that comes sealed into a can.”


Naturally Sweet Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan is a lovely cookbook containing 100 lower-sweetener preserve recipes made with coconut sugar, maple syrup, maple sugar, agave, fruit juice concentrates, and dried fruits as sweeteners. Some recipes are for jams or jellies that use Pomona’s Pectin; many are for other types of preserves — glazes, shrubs, pickles, sauces, chutneys — that don’t require any pectin. This book is a wonderful opportunity to broaden your preserving repertoire.
Servings 5 cups


  • 3 cups fresh pineapple juice strained
  • cups freshly squeezed orange juice strained
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice strained
  • 1 tablespoon calcium water see step #1
  • 1 cup white grape juice concentrate
  • Tablespoons Pomona’s Pectin


  • Before you begin, prepare calcium water.
    To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.
    Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.
  • Combine the pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and calcium water in a large, non-reactive pan. Set over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Cook at a hard boil for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Stir the pectin powder into the juice concentrate. Add the concentrate-pectin mixture to the boiling juice and stir vigorously.
  • Bring the juice back to a boil and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Fill hot jars leaving ¼” of head space at the top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

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10 Responses

  1. Mindy Bostick
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    I cannot find frozen white grape juice concentrate anywhere. You mentioned that you could use 1 cup of sugar instead. Can you use 1/2 cup of honey rather than sugar?

    • Shelby Collings
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      You sure can!

  2. Debbie
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    Do you have a recipe for pineapple jelly with no other fruit?

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Debbie,

      We sure do! Our All Fruit Pineapple Jelly recipe can be found HERE on our website. It is actually for jam, so for jelly, simply use 3 cups juice instead of crushed pineapple, 4 teaspoons calcium water and 3 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin.

      Happy jamming!

  3. Trish S
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    I am excited to try this recipe. Do I use white grape juice – in frozen concentrate form or powder? Can you help please?

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Trish,

      We would suggest using the frozen concentrate.

      Happy jamming!

  4. Nikki Paxton
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    What is the role of the grape juice? Can that be substituted?

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Nikki,

      The white grape juice is the sweetener in this recipe. You can replace it with 1 cup of sugar.

      • Julie
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        Can I buy store bought orange juice?

        • Shelby Collings
          | Reply

          You sure can!

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