Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A jelly by other name would smell as sweet

The beauty and scent of a rose has been the poet's subject for ages, but have you ever tasted one? Candied rose petals, fresh rose petals or perhaps rose petal jelly?

Have you ever had one of those weeks where the same topic crops up enough times that you decide to take it as a sign that it's meant for you? That's what happened to me and rose petal jelly - I don't think I'd ever heard of it before and I kept hearing about it, so I decided to give it a try.

Collecting and washing my petals...

I have to say at this point I was a bit skeptical on what this was going to look like since I was using striped petals that were mostly white.
*Note: be sure to only use rose petals not treated with chemicals, pesticides or the like.*

Washing my jars...

Into the blender go the ingredients. Now I'm quite encouraged! Look at that lovely color!

Don't be alarmed if it appears to lose that lovely color in the saucepan. The petals will bleach out and look a bit like small bits of sauerkraut, but do not worry.
By the time you add the rest of your ingredients and pour them into their jars I still had this lovely shade of rose:

Doesn't that look divine?
The flavor is very subtle with a hint of tart from the lemon (at least with this recipe). Be sure to boil your jelly to the proper temperature or you will end up with rose petal syrup like I did in my first batch. :)

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the ungourmet said...

This is so pretty! I have lots of roses at my house. I want to try it! :0)

B said...

That is beautiful. I'm going to have to drool over that instead of trying it. I just don't have time for another project...but if I can remember this I'm total game to try it out next year. :) You are seriously inspiring.

Brittany said...

I am SUPER impressed!
It is lovely! But, does it taste like roses?

I received my prize earrings today. They are gorgeous and I am so excited to show them off! Your talents continue to blow me away. :)
Thank you, Molly!!!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I have never heard of Rose Petal Jelly. Sounds very interesting though!

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

Yum, that sounds great! I've always wanted to make candied petals for the tops of cupcakes, but am afraid I'll pick the wrong flower and poison myself :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I love how you're always up for trying something new and experiementing. Kudos to you Molly!!!
Also, your garden below is SO impressive. LOVE the new garden gate. Way to Go!!

frugal southern mom said...

First time here! I love making jelly and jam. I have never heard of Rose jelly I may have to try it!