- Chop the petals by cutting them into 1/4 inch strips, since the petals are already small you don't need to cut them more than that. You'll need 2 cups, packed in fairly tight.
- Put the saucepan on the stove and turn the element to medium high, put in the rose petals and immediately pour 2 cups of already boiling water over them. Simmer and stir for 10 minutes.
- Strain out all of the liquid into one of the bowls, what's left in the pan will look really gross, and will be kind of white and rubbery, it's what's left of the rose petals. DON'T throw it out! Put them in the other bowl and pour the liquid (which will be a rather orangy pink) back into the saucepan.
- Add 2 3/4 cups of sugar and 3 tablespoons of honey to the liquid and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. It'll turn a pretty darkish pink color and you'll want to stir fairly often, but you don't have to the whole time.
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and the white-rubbery-ex-rose petals. Break the white rubbery stuff apart and stir. Heat it back up till it's simmering, and let it simmer, still uncovered, for another 30 minutes. You'll want to stir most of the time for this part. The rose petals will go clear and almost "dissolve" as the recipe said, but not entirely, they'll still be there, adding texture to the jam.
- Have the jars sterile and ready and follow this tutorial for the rest of the process.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
So, I was going to tell you all about my trip here, in one post, but looking though my pictures I took I realized that would be much to huge of a project. For me to make and for you to read. I also realized I don't want to be limited to just my trip, really I just want to tell you about Alaska and how much I love it. You won't mind that will you?
Taken at the Russian River
I love how there are so many different parts to Alaska, we have rain forest and desert. There are waterfalls, glaciers, tundra, and you can drive through all of it in one day. On our way back home, in between Anchorage and Clam Gulch we went on a hike to see a huge waterfall that leads into the Russian River. The salmon were running, so I got to see a few working their way up the waterfall!
Taken in Homer
It was a really good trip, I'd never seen those parts of Alaska before(in fact I haven't seen most of it) so it was all new to me. There will be more of the trip coming, probably spread out over the rest of the summer, so I'm rather excited about that. Also, there will be a rose petal jam tutorial, I'm really hoping it will be soon, but those sort of promises don't always work out so well when coming from me. But it will happen, don't worry!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This one is my favorite. Rose petal jam, it's a really interesting recipe and I love how it turned out. I was a bit worried while making it because it didn't call for any pectin,(if you don't already know, that's what makes the jam jell) but it worked out fine, it never jelled as strongly as the blueberry jam did, but it's a perfect texture for rose petals, I think.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Now remember, there was also graduation in all of this, so yeah, I've been getting a lot of stuff lately. My dear friend Kristen got me this tea cup in DC, isn't it beautiful? And one of my favorite teas, Jasmine. If you haven't tried it, please do, it tastes like a fairy drink, especially sweetened with honey. Also not pictured: a gingham apron (that was my great, great, grandma's!), some old money, and a charm bracelet that my grandma got on her graduation.
I've been very busy doing many of the things I mentioned on my last post, I just haven't had time to write about it! But there will be one about it soon, tomorrow morning we're leaving to go clamming. I'll tell you all about it when I get back. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
love to you all, Clara