Rose Petal Vinegar + 7 Ways to Use It

Beautiful Rose Petal Vinegar Recipe

This stunningly beautiful rose petal vinegar is super easy to make and has tons of great uses! It will keep for at least a year, though the color is most brilliant during the first few months. If you have an abundance of roses and want to preserve some of that beauty – try making rose petal vinegar today!   Step 1 Gather fresh rose petals. (If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried, though … Continue reading

Honey & Lemon Sore Throat Candy Drops

Honey & Lemon Sore Throat Drops

This week, a cacophony of coughs, sneezes and complaints about sore throats and stuffy ears can be heard throughout our house as a pesky cold runs its course through the family. A common home remedy for soothing sore throats is lemon juice mixed with honey; however, that isn’t always so easy to swallow, especially if you’re a kid. That’s where these tasty little sore throat candy drops come in. The inspiration for these comes from … 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 and compared all sorts of recipes and came to the conclusion that I had too high of a liquid to pectin ratio.

So, the making of batch two ensued. It turned out perfect. Though the flavor is difficult to describe, most of the people that I had taste it described it as grape-ish, myself included.

Just a note: Violets have mild laxative properties when eaten in excess. So please enjoy this jelly in moderation!

Homemade Violet Jelly Recipe

For a printable PDF of this recipe, click: HERE

  • 2 to 3 cups loosely packed violet blooms
  • the juice of one large lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

 

Directions to Make Violet Flower Jelly

First you’ll want to make a violet infusion just as we did when we made violet soap. Gather two to three cups of violet blossoms and pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over them.

The mixture will begin to turn aqua then eventually a deep blue or purple depending upon the shades of violets used.

After the violets have infused for a sufficient amount of time, strain and add the juice of one lemon.

The blue will quickly turn a bright pinkish violet – as you can see in progress in the photo below. (Your kids might enjoy watching this change too.)

Now, you’ll make the jelly just as the Sure-Jell pack instructs. Mix the pectin with the flower/lemon mixture, stir over high heat until it reaches a heavy boil. Boil for one minute then add the sugar all at once. Keep stirring, return to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat and quickly ladle into prepared jars. Process in a water bath for five minutes. Remove from water and let sit for 24 hours.

Serve with hot homemade rolls and enjoy!

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How to Make Violet Flower Jelly