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Today I have a super wonderful treat for you.

1 a violetHome made jelly. And not just any jelly. A beautiful amethyst shade of jelly made with violets.

The other golden colored jelly in the picture is dandelion jelly made by using the same recipe.

I have only made jelly once in my life. It was excellent. But who has the time?

However, today’s recipe looks to be so super and simple that even this lazy cook can make it!

Look at those pictures. Doesn’t that jelly look beautiful? The colors in this jelly are as beautiful as any expensive gemstone you would pay lots of money for. You can use any edible flower in this recipe. Laura and Company have made Violet and Dandelion. They want to make Rose next. YUM. Can’t wait to see that color.

You can pick your own flowers or buy edible flowers at the grocery store. Many stores now carry edible flowers. If using flowers you pick yourself, make sure thay have not been sprayed with any insecticide.

Today’s Everyday Cooks are my boss’s wife, Laura (not pictured) and their two lovely daughters, Kaitlyn and Megan.

Every Day Cook # 13 

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Featured Recipe      Violet Jelly Recipe

Finished Dandelion and Violet Jelly 1

This is what you will need for 4-5 half-pint jars:

2 cups of violets [Or any edible flower.]

2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoons lemon juice

1 package pectin

3 ½ cups sugar

Here is what you do:

Rinse the violets well and place in a heat-proof, non-reactive bowl.

 

Two cups violets

Violets

 

Pour 2 cups boiling water over flowers. Let stand overnight, stirring occasionally.

 

Violets and hot water

 

Strain. Make sure you have two cups liquid – add more water if needed.

Place the strained liquid into a pan.

Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 package of pectin.

NOTE: I have used both liquid and powder pectin with this recipe. I think the powder works better. 

Bring to boil…………………..

 

Violet Jelly reaching boiling stage

 

…………………..and add 3 ½ cups sugar. Boil 1 minute until it thickens. 

 

Violet Jelly with sugar just added

 

Pour into prepared jars leaving about a ¼ inch head space. 

Place in hot water bath. I do jelly jars for 10 minutes and pints for 15 minutes.

Let cool completely.

I have used the recipe for violets and dandelions. I want to try roses next. 

 

Finished Dandelion and Violet Jelly 1

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

 

2 cups of violets                    $0.00 if you pick your own non-sprayed wild flowers

                                           $8.50 depending where you are                 

2 cups boiling water

1 tbspns lemon juice             $0.69

1 package pectin                   $2.97

3 ½ cups sugar                    $0.72

Total cost = $4.38
Total cost if you buy flowers $12.88

Quote of the Day

My mom used to make everything. She had a great garden and composted and made everything from scratch – peanut butter, bread, jelly, everything. I don’t know how she did it because all those things take time and love and labour. I only do half the stuff she does – but there’s still time.

Julia Roberts

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