DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

74D3BC2A-4B04-4E57-9274-58C8A9614193.jpegGranddaughters Emerson and Ellery F8E245E7-D0FF-4A25-927E-5A0B37458B26.jpegViolet jam

One thing that has me smiling is how many of you responded with interest for making wild flower jellies and jams. 

My guess is while sheltering in place, you’re noticing what Mother Nature has to offer right in your yard. 

Like purple violets (leaves make a healing tea)  and dandelions. Red bud blossoms. On my little patch of heaven, honeysuckle is a useful plant, holding the hill from eroding and providing flowers for jelly.

So how about going wild in the kitchen, even if you only to toss a few wild edible flowers in your salad? Or go big and bold, and make these beautiful and yes, gourmet, treats. Let the little ones help – see how earnest Granddaughters Emerson and Ellery are doing picking wild purple violets.

First, pick blossoms

Pick blossoms only. No leaves, no stems.

For dandelions, remove as much bitter green bottom as possible.

For honeysuckle, remove green tips off but leave stamens in. 

Infusion

Coax flavor and color out by making an infusion. Measure flowers before cleaning. (Lilac makes a golden infusion.)

Redbud, lilac and honeysuckle: 3 cups packed flowers to 4 cups boiling water

Violet and forsythia: 4 cups packed flowers to 4 cups boiling water 

Dandelion: 2 cups packed flowers to 4 cups boiling water.  

Place flowers in bowl.  Pour boiling water over. Weight down with saucer to keep petals under water. Infuse 12 hours at room temperature. 

Strain, pressing down on solids. You should have 3 cups clear infusion. If not, add water to make 3 cups.

Infusion can be frozen 6 months. 

Master recipe wild flower jelly

Makes about six jars, 8 oz. each. 

Ingredients

3 cups wild flower infusion

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 box powdered pectin

4-1/2 cups sugar

Instructions

Boil jars 10 minutes. Keep in hot water. 

Keep seals and rings in hot, not boiling, water.

Place infusion, lemon juice and pectin in big pot. 

Over high heat, bring to rolling boil, one that cannot be stirred down, stirring constantly.

Continue stirring, add sugar all at once and bring back to rolling boil and boil 1 minute. 

Pour into hot jars, 1/8” from top. Remove foam. 

Wipe rims with clean, wet cloth. 

Place seals on jars, screw on rings.

Invert 5 minutes. Turn upright. Cool from drafts. Check seals after one hour. Refrigerate unsealed jars. 

Keeps in pantry up to 6 months.
Longer storage

Process sealed jelly in boiling water bath 5 minutes. Cool away from drafts. Check seals after one hour. Refrigerate unsealed jars. 

Keeps in pantry up to 1 year.

Beautiful blender violet jam

2 cups packed violet blossoms

1/4 cup lemon juice

3/4 cup plus 1 cup water, divided

2-1/2 cups sugar

1 box dry pectin

Instructions

Put 3/4 cup water and blossoms in blender and blend well. Add juice. Add sugar and blend again to dissolve.
Stir pectin into 1 cup of water in saucepan and bring to boil. Boil 1 minute. Pour into violet paste in blender on low speed. Blend again and pour into containers. 

Cool, seal, and store in refrigerator or freezer.

Keeps 6 months in refrigerator; 1 year in freezer.

Tip:

Pick only clean, unsprayed petals.F8E245E7-D0FF-4A25-927E-5A0B37458B26.jpegx

2 thoughts on “DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

  1. Dear Rita,
    I made the Honeysuckle Jelly last weekend. I admit I didn’t read your directions carefully, and made the infusion with just 2 cups of honeysuckle, but 4 cups of water. I could not detect any flavor except the lemon juice. However, it was delicious, and our neighbors loved it too. I have a comment about the amount of blossoms needed. It took me, my grandsons, and our neighbors hours just to pick the 2 cups (pushed down). We were so tired! I probably will not make it again because the amount of time it took to get enough PLUS one more cup we did NOT pick. We back into Mt. Airy Forest so we had plenty of bushes from which to harvest.
    Ellen

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    1. Hi, Ellen,
      I’ve been having trouble with my computer so I hope you received my answer a while ago. Just in case, I wanted to let you know I’m sorry you had such a challenging day picking the blossoms! But you know what, I’m glad you and your family had that time together.
      Blessings,
      Rita

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