Kudzu Jelly

Kudzu Flower Jelly

This is one of those regional recipes – if you live in the south-eastern USA, you know exactly what kudzu is. If you don’t…. well, it’s this big invasive green vine that grows everywhere down here! Where I’m at, in Virginia, the plant is just starting to flower and will do so until September. We are ‘blessed’ with a large amount of kudzu on parts of the trail going down to our creek. When the … Continue reading

Sunflower Jelly

Sunflower Jelly

I first got the idea for making sunflower jelly whilst I was pondering the happy row of flowers in my garden and wondering what other uses I could extract from them besides the seed. I remembered reading that the petals were edible and could be sprinkled in salads. During further research, I read that Native Americans used a decoction from the head for respiratory ailments. Whether this is completely true or not, I have no … Continue reading

Canning Water for Emergency Preparedness

canning water for emergency preparedness

We are in the midst of a power outage, here in Virginia; and it will likely be a week before electricity is restored. (Update: we were without power for 11 days!) For us, no power means no water. Couple that with 100 degree weather and you can see where that could quickly become a problem for those who are unprepared. In these types of emergency situation times, people tend to feel a bit panicky and … Continue reading

Homemade Violet Jelly

Homemade Violet Jelly

While researching violets, I found several references to homemade violet jelly. It looked beautiful, but I wondered… would it taste like you were eating a mouthful of flowers? That didn’t sound all that appealing to me. Regardless, I decided to try it out basing my experiment on a recipe for mint jelly. My first batch tasted delicious! Everyone loved it, only it didn’t set up; it was more like syrup. I did some research online … Continue reading