New Jelly Recipe

We have a family reunion in  KC  soon  (one of my favorite cities).  I can’t wait.

It has been a tradition that each family bring a little something to share.  In the past, the family has shared specially printed family reunion T-shirts, handmade jewelry, handcrafted gifts and food items and even seeds and plants.

I had originally wanted to make homemade strawberry jam, but alas, strawberry season came and went without time to make anything.  My next thought was to make a wine jelly.  I had never tried this before, but I thought it would be fairly easy.  I started a web search.

I ran across a “Lavender Wine Jelly Recipe” from Family, Food, and Other Things.   I decided to give it a try.

Our lavender patch.

I bought the cheapest (and biggest) bottle of wine and had dried lavender on hand:

Cheapo wine and lavender.

Lavender-Wine Jelly

2 cups Sauvignon Blanc (I used the cheapest I could find.)
1 T. dried lavender
2 c. sugar
1 (3 oz.) pkg.  liquid pectin

Combine wine and lavender in a small saucepan and bring to boil.  Remove from heat and cover.  Let steep 20 minutes.

Strain lavender buds and place wine in a large saucepan.  Stir in sugar. Over high heat, stirring constantly, bring mixture to a full boil that cannot be stirred down.  Stir in the pectin and bring back to a rolling boil.  Stirring constantly, boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and skim off foam (if necessary).  Pour into sterilized jelly jars, place cap on each clean rim, screw on ring and place in a water bath for 10 minutes.

Recipe makes four pints. I made half-pints.

So, I made two batches.  One turned out great.  I now have eight small gift jars of beautiful Lavender Wine Jelly to give out.  My second batch?  Well, I have eight small gift jars of Lavender Wine syrup to give out.  :)

I love lavender—love to grow it, pick it, smell it.  I have a bottle of lavender linen water that I spritz my pillow with after a stressful day.  Besides this jelly, I have also made lavender sugar, lavender herbed salt, and lavender sugar cookies.  All of these things make great gifts, too.  Check them out.

I also made one batch of Garlic Rosemary Jelly to take.

Much thanks to Family, Food, and Other Things for the inspiration.

 

Lavender

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