Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I don't think you're ready for this jelly...

...cause my jelly's so booty-licious!
(thanks Beyonce!)

Yes, I'm at it again, making more jelly.
And I know what you're thinking.
One day I WILL get a life, but that day is not today!

Today I am making lemon balm & hibiscus flower jelly.

To make this incredible tasting jelly you need:
1 cup of chopped lemon balm, leaves and stems
1 cup of hibiscus flower petals
3 cups of water
juice of one lemon
one box of powdered pectin
4 cups of sugar

Bring lemon balm, flower petals, and water to a boil then remove from heat and let steep 10 minutes to make a tea. Strain and add enough water back into mixture until you have three cups. Your mixture will look filthy! Don't worry, because the magic happens when you add the lemon juice! The mixture turns the color of the flowers you used. Now add pectin and put mixture in a pot over high heat. Add sugar and bring to a rolling boil for two minutes. Pour into hot sterilized jars and cap. You can put the jars into the fridge once set for immediate use or can in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to preserve.

And who needs artificial coloring and high fructose corn syrup when God gives you color and flavor like this naturally!

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