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Violet Infusion Jelly
April 10, 2010
8:32 am
boydsandthebees
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I just picked 3 cups of wild violet flowers last night (it takes a little time!).  I just go outside with my 4 cup pyrex measuring cup and pick until I get what I need.  There are a lot of people who consider violets weeds, but I think they're pretty and I always think of the saying "May all your weeds be wildflowers!!"  Make sure that the spot you're picking from hasn't been sprayed with pesticides!

 

This recipe is from the Old Farmer's Almanac Blue Ribbon Recipes book:

 3 cups violet flowers, stems removed

3 1/2 cups distilled water (I'm assuming they say to use this instead of "city water".  I'm on well water and just use it straight from the tap)

1 package (1 3/4 ounces) powdered pectin

4 cups sugar

 

Place the flowers in a jar.  Boil the water and pour over the flowers.  Let steep for 24 hours.

Strain the infusion through a cheesecloth-liined strainer.  Allow the liquid to drain fully without pressing the blossoms.  (Pressing will make the jelly cloudy.)  Discard the blossoms.  In a large saucepan, bring the violet infusion and pectin to a full rolling boil.  Add the sugar and stir well.  Bring back to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and skim off the foam.  Ladle into 1/2-pint jars, seal with lids, and process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes.  Yield:  4 1/2 pints

 

Enjoy!!

 

April 10, 2010
8:58 am
CindyP
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Wonderful!!!  What type of taste does it have?  Wonder how this would work for other edible flowers?  Or how about putting a washed violet in each jar…….I wonder if it would withstand the heat and still look pretty?

 

Many questions, but my mind is racing!  Laugh

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April 10, 2010
10:47 am
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I gotta see if I can find enough violets this weekend to try this!

Clover made me do it.
April 10, 2010
11:10 am
wvhomecanner
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Check out this link that I posted some time back

 

http://forwardthinkingfoods.blogspot.com/

 

her newest idea is heart-shaped peel in marmalade. Scroll down for lavender in a jar, but spend time looking around in there – she has some some whole blooms of something in one or two of her jellies. Just beautiful. I am not so sure that the violet would hold up since it's so delicate, but I sure like the thought!

 

dee

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April 10, 2010
11:36 am
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ooooo, there's a picture on the right side of organic pear n' pansies……….it looks doable (maybe).  Will definitely have to try this!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
April 10, 2010
11:41 am
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The pear 'n pansies looks beautiful!!!!

Clover made me do it.
April 10, 2010
11:44 am
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and she hasn't done a post on it either……..i looked through the entire blog!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
April 10, 2010
11:48 am
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She's quite careful about giving anything including details away  – I discovered that when I first found her link. She makes her living selling her specialty stuff – I love her ideas so I check back there a lot in the summer to see what she's doing. She gets really good $$ for her stuff. Did you find the jelly with the big blossom in the jar?

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April 10, 2010
11:48 am
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Here's another source, with great pics, for violet jelly.  Thought we had this one, but it was stuck in my files.  Basically the same recipe, with a few more details filled in:  


 

 

Added note:  Enjoy the pretty pics in this link, but ignore the lack of hot water bath!  Instead of turning the filled jars upside down, do the hot water bath for 10 min for half pints and 15 minutes for pints.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!
April 10, 2010
2:21 pm
quietstorm
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omg i think canning is about to take over my life…..

more ideas for the "i want to try" pile….

MUST get a canner….

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April 10, 2010
3:06 pm
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Pete said:

Here's another source, with great pics, for violet jelly.  Thought we had this one, but it was stuck in my files.  Basically the same recipe, with a few more details filled in:  

http://homeschoolgardener.blogspot.com/2009/05/homemade-violet-jelly

 


 

But make sure canning safety is followed and HWB!!!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
April 10, 2010
3:39 pm
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Oh, yeah, thanks for pointing that out, Dede!  I'd forgotten that was not in it the original recipe, and I'd added that to the recipe in my file…

Eek!  Let me go add that to the post.  See, folks?  We gotta watch each others backs on stuff like this!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!
April 10, 2010
9:14 pm
boydsandthebees
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CindyP said:

Wonderful!!!  What type of taste does it have?  Wonder how this would work for other edible flowers?  Or how about putting a washed violet in each jar…….I wonder if it would withstand the heat and still look pretty?

 

Many questions, but my mind is racing!  Laugh


 

It tastes very good -- almost like a crabapple jelly and the color is wonderful!Smile  When you steep the blossoms, the liquid will smell kind of like grass, but that taste is not in the finished jelly.  Don't know about putting a violet in each jar.  I  never tried that.  We were vendors at a Farmer's Market last year and the week I had these they sold out very quickly once word got around that I had them!!

 

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