How To Make Homemade Wild Rose Jelly

How To Make Wild Rose Jelly | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to make wild rose jelly with this easy recipe! Did you know that roses are edible? There was a day that I never gave it a thought! Roses make me think of romance and courtship, but not food. When I stumbled upon a magazine that showed women preparing salad that contained rose petals, I knew I just had to make something yummy with the wild roses growing in the woods.

The fruit of roses, called rose hips (buy here), are most often the edible part of the rose used because it’s so high in vitamin C. The rose petals, however, are also edible and are especially high in polyphenols, an important antioxidant. 

I found a wild rose bush out in the woods and decided to make some jelly. You can use roses in your yard also, as long as you’re SURE it has not been sprayed with pesticides. This is very important with eating flower petals. So, don’t ever buy roses from the store for your next meal. Those are not edible.

Here’s what a wild rose looks like.  All roses have thorns on the stems, too.
 
 
It sure was a prickly situation picking these rose petals. I had thorns from the wild rose bush, and thorns from blackberry bushes intertwined with the rose bush to deal with. You can snip off the flower head from the bush because you want to use the petals right away since they lose their nutritional value quickly.
 
It was too prickly around the bush for me, though, to be able to cut the heads off. I had to give it everything I had just to reach some of the petals! At one point I had thorns grabbing my hair and clothes from all directions at the same time. The more I moved, the worse the situation got!  I know I looked hilarious. Next time I need to be clothed in all leather, or something! :)
 
I did manage to get about a cup of petals. A lot of the petals had fallen off the bush, so next year I’m going to get them sooner!
  How To Make Wild Rose Jelly | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to make wild rose jelly with this easy recipe!
 
Just when I was positive that I had every last petal, and I managed to work my way out of the thorns, I turned around and saw a small cluster of 2 or 3 flowers mocking me that I missed them. I decided it wasn’t worth it to venture back to get those few petals because they were in the prickliest part of the bush. I’ll leave those to the insects!
 
Like I said, make sure you do something with the petals as soon as you can before they lose their nutritional value. Wash each petal well and pat dry.
 

Homemade Wild Rose Jelly

Ingredients

1 C. fresh rose petals or 1/2 cup dried rose petals (buy here)
1 1/2 C. water
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 Pkg. Sure-Jell pectin

Directions

  1. Combine the rose petals, 3/4 cup water and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the sugar and blend well.
  4. Bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  5. Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the other ingredients and blend 1 minute.
  7. Pour into sterilized jars.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars clean and seal with canning lids.
  9. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
This recipe yielded 2 half pints (or jelly jars). The taste is tart and sweet. It’s perfect on homemade bread, ice cream, or pancakes! 
Homemade Wild Rose Jelly
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C. rose petals or 1/2 cup dried rose petals
  2. 1 1/2 C. water
  3. juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
  4. 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  5. 1 Pkg. Sure-Jell pectin
Instructions
  1. Combine the rose petals, 3/4 cup water and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the sugar and blend well.
  4. Bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  5. Stir in the pectin and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the other ingredients and blend 1 minute.
  7. Pour into sterilized jars.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars clean and seal with canning lids.
  9. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. Yields 2 half pint (or jelly) jars.
Adapted from Herb Mentor
Adapted from Herb Mentor
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/

Have you ever made rose jelly?

This post is linked to: Like a Bubbling Brook 

This post is updated from its original posting of  July 1, 2011.

How to Find Fast Relief for Wasp and Bee Stings

AdobeStock_114811240 Did you know you have a remedy for wasp and bee stings growing in your back yard?

This really comes in handy if you ever encounter an angry wasp or bee. I was rescuing a meowing kitten from the shed when my 6 year old was stung by a wasp.  They were flying all over the place and I suggested the girls wait outside, but my 6 year old insisted that if she stood still, the wasps wouldn’t bother her.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them”. 

Well…that philosophy didn’t work this time.  In just a few moments after her confident statement, she was screaming and crying from a wasp sting.  The stinger was still in her, so I knocked it out and did the first and best remedy I knew of that was literally growing where I was standing-plantain!

How to Find Fast Relief for Wasp and Bee Stings

1. Identify It

The first thing you want to do is identify the plantain. Memorize this plant ahead of time so you know how to use it for emergencies.

Plantain is a plant that grows everywhere except Antarctica!  It’s an astringent, meaning it pulls out poisons and toxins.  It can, of course be used for bee stings, spider bites (even ones like a brown recluse!), snake bites (even poisonous), bug bites, acne, etc. – just anything that needs those drawing properties.

Here is a picture of plantain in my yard – we have several plants.  Like I said, it grows all over the world!  They grow in different sizes and may vary in looks depending on the area of the world you live in.  I’ve even seen them outside small apartments that don’t have much of a yard at all.  Do you know millions of dollars are spent each year trying to get rid of this “weed”?  Most people don’t realize its value! 

Here’s a single plantain leaf I picked.  Notice that towards the bottom of the stem, it has a purplish color.  There are some plantain plants in my yard that don’t have as much of a purplish color on the stem – but they are still good plantain!  This is the front of it and..

…this is the back.  Notice how it has strong veins that are raised.  This plant has 5 veins on the back….

…but leaves from a larger plantain plant, like the one in my yard above, would have 7-8 veins on the back. 

2. Chew It

So…why do you have to chew on it?! Breaking up the leaves releases the properties of plantain that pull out the poison. You can also wet it and tear it up or smash it with a glass cup, but when my daughter is screaming in pain, I’d rather do what is quickest – even if it means eating a little dirt! 

When my daughter got stung, I grabbed about 4 leaves of this plant, chewed them up for 10 seconds and stuck it on the sting. Within 30 seconds she stopped crying, and within three minutes she was completely fine.  When I put the green goo on her, the sting was already swelling with a white, puffy area around it, and a large red circle around that. The swelling went down quickly after applying the plant! She only got stung once, but if there is more than one sting, make sure the plantain is covering each place and let it do its astringency work!

Below is a picture of her about 3 minutes after she got stung, showing us the plantain she’s holding on the sting.  See her smile? I know (from experience) she’d still be crying in this picture if it wasn’t for this wonderful plant!  When she first got stung, the last thing she wanted was for something to touch it, but I calmly insisted and told her it would pull the poison out. Children tend to be calmer when we are calm and use a soothing voice. For some stings, the pain may be there a little longer (like a hornet), or sometimes a wasp will sting harder than other times.  Plus, some people’s body chemistry reacts differently than others. Just patiently hold the plantain on the sting until the pain and swelling subsides.

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Above is her sting a few hours later~it wasn’t hurting at all.

 So if you encounter someone that is stung or bit, use the remedy that God created and placed in your own yard.

Just bend down, chew on some plantain and plaster it on them.  They may look at you strange, but they’ll thank you later! ;)  

Updated from it’s original publishing on June 8,2011

This post is linked to:  A Wise Woman Builds Her HomeThe Prairie Homestead

Instant Pot Giveaway for Mother’s Day!

  Close-up view of rice bowl on rustic wooden table, shallow DOF

Instant Pots are all the rage these days.  They seem to be on the top of most mom’s wish lists.  They are quick, convenient, and help to make delicious meals; why wouldn’t every mom or homemaker want (or need) one? 

Well, if you still haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and bought yourself one, you have the chance to win one right here! 

I’m partnering with 24 of my blogging friends to give away FOUR Instant Pots!  Yup, FOUR!!  Just in time for Mother’s Day. (You can view which one here.)

Instant pots cut way down on cooking time. For instance, dried beans can be done in 40 minutes or less, brown rice in 22 minutes, and whole potatoes in 10! [1] Foods can just be thrown all together in one pot and be done in just a fraction of the time that it would take in the oven, on the stove, or in a crockpot. What busy mom couldn’t use this to help her with her meal planning?!

What an amazing gift that would be, right?! 

Need ideas for instant pot meals? Here are a few links to help:

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To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. 

Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this instant pot giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries. 

And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are at winning!
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