"W"ild "V"iolet Jelly
If you will allow me a little license here, I am combining my missed lesson from last week's Alphabe-Thursday - the letter "V" with this week's "W"...
Those of you who have been following along with this blog since 2009 may remember that in May of that year, I shared our recipe for Violet Jelly. With Spring just around the proverbial corner, you might like to see a replay and if you are visiting for the first time, I hope you enjoy being introduced to this special jelly.
You will need to gather your violets from an area that you know to be free of pesticides. We have a nice little patch that grows right in the middle of our walking path where the land slopes down and stays damp much of the Spring and Summer. I keep an eye out for our occasional bears who cross the path on their way to a natural spring that is located back in our woods.
Wild Violet Jelly
2 generous cups of violets (no stems please)
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (carefully strained)
4 cups of sugar
1 box powdered fruit pectin
Sterilized jars, lids and rings
Using a glass container, pour boiling water over violets, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you will have an inky blue/gray infusion. Carefully drain the infusion through a fine sieve. Reserve the liquid and discard the violets. Repeat the straining 1 more time. Add the fresh lemon juice and watch the infusion turn a beautiful rosy lavender color.
Place this liquid in an enamel pan and stir in powdered pectin. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil, making sure all the pectin has dissolved. Add the sugar and return to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
Ladle the jelly into the prepared jars and process in a hot water bath as you would for any other jelly.
This makes about 6 8 oz. jars - a perfect size for a special gift. The taste is similar to honey with just a slightly tangy flavor - like you think a violet might taste! A fun project to do with kids especially when the infusion turns color.
Below are images of the infusion before and after adding the lemon juice.
|Violets soaking in boiling water|
|Inky blue/gray infusion - the next day|
|Infusion after adding lemon juice|
|Processed jars - isn't it pretty!!|
Thank you for visiting and be sure to stop by all the other "W" posts over at Jenny's.