Rinse clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
Add 3-1/2 cups boiling water to basil, parsley and lemon zest in large bowl; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Place 3 layers of damp cheesecloth or jelly bag in large bowl. Pour prepared infusion into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 3 cups infusion into large bowl. Add food coloring. Stir sugar into infusion. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Mix 3/4 cup water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring mixture to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 minute. Add to infusion mixture; stir 3 minutes until sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
Fill all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jelly is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator.
How to Measure Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cups, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife.
Substitute 1/4 cup dried basil leaves for the fresh basil.
Try this delightfully different herb jelly that is naturally fat free and sodium free.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes about 7 (1-cup) containers.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.