Queen Anne's Lace Flower Jelly

Kathie Carr Recipe

By Kathie Carr kathiecc

This is a very old recipe that makes a pretty, light pink, lemony flavored jelly. You can also substitute rose petals for this jelly.

If you want a bit more color add a tiny amount of red food coloring at the end of the recipe as specified. This is optional.

A neighbor of mine gave me this recipe and told me her mother made it every year.

Our church ladies often sell this jelly at our holiday bazaar and give out a little sample on a bite of pound cake. Everyone who tastes it is amazed at how good it is.


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Serves:
6 jars aproximately
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Ingredients

2 c
very firmly packed queen anne's lace flower heads cut from the stems
if using roses, use only rose petals and cut off any white tip at end of petal, these can be bitter
4 3/4 c
boiling water
3 1/2 c
sugar, divided
2 pkg
powdered pectin (like surejell)
4 1/2 Tbsp
lemon juice
1
tiny drop red food color, optional

Directions

1
Pick flowers in an area tha has NOT been sprayed and is NOT too close to the road so you do not get unwanted chemicals in your jelly.

Be sure to cut flower heads so you are getting almost all flowers and no stem. Wash flowers to get our any bugs and dust. Pack flowers tightly to measure.
2
Drain and cover flowers with boiling water. Cover the container. Let stand, covered, at room temperature, for at least 5 hours or overnight. You are making a tea like liquid or infusion.
3
Prepare jars and lids for canning using boiling water to sterilize. Then prepare jars for jelly by setting upright on a clean towel and placing one small fresh flower or a few petals in each jar.

Strain the infusion through cheese cloth. Measure 4 1/2 cups of the strained infusion into a large kettle.

Stir together 1/4 cup sugar and the pectin and add to infusion. Add remaining sugar. Boil hard for 1 1/2-2 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and food coloring, if using. Skim the foam from the top of the jelly with a metal spoon.

Immediately pour into hot, clean jars and cover with lids. Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes at a full boil.
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    Barbara Daskal barbsrose - Jun 23, 2012
    OMG, I've had this jelly once, and even bought a jar to take home with us from a trip we took to a Grape festival in NY state. We have a lot of Queen Anne's Lace growing wild. I've pulled so much out, you would not believe how much grows here. Now I have a use for those flower heads!
    Thanks for sharing this!
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    Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois - Jun 23, 2012
    I have never heard of Queen Ann's Lace flowers, although my husband is the gardner in our family. Is it a common flower grown in most States or is it REGIONAL. I live in Illinois. I would love to make this jelly.
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    Kathie Carr kathiecc - Jun 23, 2012
    I live in Northern Indiana. Queen Anne's Lace is a wild flower and around here it is VERY common. It grows along the roadsides everywhere here and is supposed to be common throughout the USA. It is a tall flower with many blossoms on one plant.

    You don't see it much in the cities but its everywhere suburban or rural.

    You should not use flowers that are too close to the road as they pick up oils and exhaust particles from traffic. Gather the flowers that are a bit away from the road/street.
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    Kathie Carr kathiecc - Jun 23, 2012
    Rose, You should try this with rose petels since your name is rose! Use the same recipe but just the petals of the roses and be sure to cut off a little bit (its white) where the petal attaches to the flower so you won't get any bitter taste.

    Barbara, Thanks for the comment.

    Good luck, ladies! I hope it works out for you both!

    :)
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    Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois - Jun 23, 2012
    That is a good idea Kathie, using rose petals. I did have plenty of roses a few weeks ago, but they will be back, I will see if I can harvest some the next time they bloom, just so I can make your jelly. It really does sound wonderful. Thanks for posting.