When life gives you marigolds- make jelly!
I love being able to grow things that I can make some kind of use from!
A friend of mine gave me these marigold seeds and as soon as they began to pop up, I started digging to see what I could do with them. Some use the petals in salads but I was smitten when I found the jelly recipe.
Here's how I made it:
3 cups of flower petals (snip the petals w/kitchen scissors right where the green part begins, toss out the green, using the petals only).
Pour over enough boiling water to cover and allow to steep and cool for a couple of hours.
Strain well and add enough water to make 4 cups of liquid.
Mix 1 box of low-sugar pectin (pink box) with 1/2 cup of sugar in a small bowl.
Whisk the sugar-pectin mix into the liquid, along with 3T lemon juice, and bring to a hard boil in a large pot.
Whisk in 2 1/2 cups sugar. Return to a hard boil. Boil for one minute.
(I continue to boil my jelly longer if a slightly cooled spoon of it doesn't slow-drip from the spoon.)
Poor into sterilized jars and process in canner according to directions.
Makes 3 pints of lemonade-colored jelly.