Holiday Gift Giving

My mother has always been one of the craftiest people I know and growing up we did crafts.  The holiday was especially fun making our own ornaments and gifts.  It doesn’t feel like the holidays to me without it.  I wanted something different than my tea blends and ready-to-bake cookies in a jar… this year it was Rose Petal Jelly.

Rose Petal Jelly

4 cups rose petals

1¼ cups water

4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)

1 cup white sugar

2 Tbsp. rose water or 1-2 drops pure rose essential oil (optional)

Pulse blend rose petals and water for small bits in every bite.  Pour into pan and simmer rose petals and water for 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and sugar; bring up to a boil, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat and cook until the jam starts to thicken, 5-20 minutes. Remove from heat stir in the rose water or essential oil. Carefully pour into sterile glass jars and seal.  Store in refrigerator and use within a month.


Rose Petal Jelly

1 cup fresh rose petals

1.5 cups (divided ¾)

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (lemon)

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 package pectin

Pulse blend rose petals, 3/4 cup water and lemon juice until smooth. Slowly add sugar and blend till all sugar has dissolved; (leave in blender). Mix pectin (Sure Gel)and 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil, and boil hard for 1 minute.  Add pectin mixture to blender with rose petal mixture blend till smooth. This will set up FAST so blend and pour into jelly jars QUICKLY. Let it set till firm (4 hours – overnight). Store in refrigerator and use within a month. Freezes well.