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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wild Violet Jelly ~ Garden Tidbits

My homestead has a somewhat good amount of wild violets.  

I was itching to pick some wild purple violets, for my "new" jelly to try this year.  I've never made it and we had a very busy weekend.  So...I picked the violets....

...made my "tea", and let it set for 24 hours.  I placed in the  refrigerator for about 2-3 days, then took it out to make the jelly.

The final result is a very pretty pink.  I used the recipe (1/4 inch head space in the jars) from Rebecca at Rebecca's Hearth and Home Blogspot.  The jelly is delicious.  Almost like grape, better.  A sort of fruity flavor.

My kitchen smelled so good too.  Even the kids came home and said, "what were you cooking that smells so good."

That's not all I got done yesterday.  I got my carrots, turnips, two types of radishes, chard and collards planted.  I worked on the asparagus patch too.  The heat is drying up the ground though, so I am not sure I'll get anything weeded today either.  I may have to wait for this next rain tomorrow (or whenever it shows up).


Susan said...

Oh, that jelly is beautiful! I sure wish I had violets - I've got lots of Johnny Jump-Ups, but no violets. You are way ahead of me, planting-wise.

Kristina said...

Susan, I have yet to get more kale in too. Ugh. I had to run to town for more carrot seeds as well. I didn't order enough this year. The jelly is fantastic. I hope I have more to violets after this next rain.

Rebecca Knox said...

Hello, Kristina! I'm so sorry! For some reason I don't get notifications when you leave a comment and I just now found your comments on my blog. I am so excited that you made the jelly! How did it turn out? Did you like the flavor? We loved it! I left about a half-inch head space when I made mine. Am looking forward to hearing more about your experience! Blessings! ~Rebecca

mamasmercantile said...

I can only imagine the smell of those beautiful violets. There is no problem with rain here it is the sun we are lacking at the moment.

Kristina said...

Rebecca,we love the jelly!! I found out you can make the "tea" for the jelly and also freeze it until you are ready to make the jelly. I would love to make another batch if I have more violets. Thanks so much!

Kristina said...

mamasmercantile, we got a bit of rain, so I am looking forward to more violets.