Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Marigold Jelly

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.


Carol said...

Being in Mississippi, we have lots of Kudzu growing. You can use their blossoms to make Kudzu jelly and it is a beautiful jelly. I think you can use the leaves in salads but I have not ever tried it. The Marigold jelly is quite pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

Thank you Carol! Ah, you've made me wish I had some kudzu blossoms now! :)

JES said...

What a neat recipe! We are hosting a calendula (Pot marigold) link up until the end of the month. I would love for you to share this and any other calendula recipes you have! Have a lovely week :)

Kathy Bogus said...

We planted marigolds in our garden and it is a mix of different colored ones --does it make a difference if I mix the colors to get this Jelly ???

Unknown said...

Kathy Bogus, I know your comment was two years ago but since no one answered, Calendulas are called pot marigold only because they're used in cooking. They are not actually marigolds. They are two completely different flowers. Calendula offers many health benefits and is edible. I'm not sure about marigolds though.