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Mason jar full of wild violets (any colour except yellow)*
2 tablespoons of lemon juice (I prefer freshly squeezed)
4 cups of sugar
1 1/2 packets (128 mL) of Certo liquid pectin
Gather clean and dry wild violets. Darker purples will result in the best brightly coloured jelly. Fill a mason jar full to the top.
Add boiling water to the violets, stir out air bubbles, and leave with lid on overnight in a dark place. After 24 hours, strain the liquid through a coffee filter placed in a colander and into an extra large measuring cup. It will be a sapphire colour. You’ll want 2 cups of violet tea; if you need to add a bit of previously boiled water to top it up, that’s fine.
Add the lemon juice to the tea and watch the amazing colour change to purple! Experiment with more or less lemon juice to achieve your own unique colour.
In a very deep pot (boiling jelly will rise high up!) bring the liquid to a hard boil. Add the sugar and pectin quickly, stir to dissolve, and let come to a rolling boil again for one minute. Remove from heat and skim the top for purity.
Pour hot jelly into sterilized mason jars to within 1/4 inch from top. Seal. Prepare canning bath (I use a large deep pot with a submerged small wire rack on the stove) and process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool. Voila! Gorgeous jewel-toned jelly that tastes like spring flowers.
Notes: DO NOT over-pick anything you forage! Take only one flower from each plant and take less than 10% of any patch you see. Please practice responsible and sustainable foraging for any species you pick. It should look like you were never there once you leave.
*Be absolutely sure you are correctly identifying any plant you might consume. Check several sources, and triple check, to be 100% sure. You are responsible for your own safety when foraging. If you're not sure, make sure, or don't eat it.
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