Homemade Pink Clover Jelly
Country Mouse City Spouse
Ever just been out looking around the world and notice all of the wonderful, beautiful plants that are out there that seem to serve no purpose to us? I’ve been on a foraging kick as of late, trying to find new ways to use the things in the world that are oftentimes overlooked.
Clover is one of these “weeds” that I notice so many people trying to rid their yards of, but it’s so colorful and pretty along the sides of country roads. I see it daily on my drive to and from work… and it’s really everywhere!
Homemade Pink Clover Jelly
I took the time to pick a large crop of it the other morning before the heat of the day became too brutal. Normally I would recommend picking it in the evening so that the sun can dry off all of the moisture and you won’t get as many bugs. But I figured it was 8am, and already over 80° so I better just deal with bugs rather than have a heat stroke.
Find a large patch, (scope this out beforehand, and make sure that you find a safe place to park your car if you are driving) and trek out into it with a bowl, pail, plastic bag- whatever you have on hand to gather it into.
If you are venturing out into a wild, untended or mowed area, I would recommend making sure to wear long pants to help deter ticks from attacking you. They have been plentiful here (City Spouse has already found 2 on himself this year.) so please be careful.
Once you are at your patch, just pluck those blossoms from their stems. Pull off the purple colored bloom, leaving behind as much greenery as you can.
(You will need 4 cups worth for a batch of this jelly. So pick at least 4 cups worth or more if you want to make more for in your food storage.)
Some little things I want you to be aware of, so that you don’t think you have done something wrong along the way.
The steeped liquid once strained will look to be a slight brown color. Don’t worry. Make sure it is free of clover petals and then add your lemon/lime juice. Once you add the juice, you will see it turn into a gorgeous smokey pink color.
Made sure you stir constantly once you add the sugar. This is super sticky, comparable to honey, and not fun at all to try to clean once it burns to your stovetop.
Once you taste this, if you love honey, you will love this. There is a slight “flowery” taste, which is really nice, and I think it tastes a bit like clover honey.
Let me know how you like it if you try it!!
- 4 cups of pink clover blossoms
- 4 cups boiling water
- 8 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
- 6 cups of sugar
- 2 packages of liquid pectin
- Gather, wash, and sort 4 cups of pink clover blossoms.
- Bring to a boil 4 cups of water.
- Pour boiling water over the clover blossoms in a heat safe bowl.
- Let blossoms steep overnight or for 8 hours.
- Strain clover from liquid using a cloth lined colander, cheesecloth or a jelly bag. Make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
- Measure liquid to make sure that 4 cups remain, adding in plain water to return to 4 cup measurement, if needed.
- Add in lemon (or lime) juice.
- Place liquid in saucepan on your stovetop, adding in pectin. Bring to a boil.
- Add sugar once liquid is boiling. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Once a rolling boil is reached, allow to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
- Ladle into sterilized jars.
- To can: Use water bath method, processing for 5 minutes.
- Store up to 1 year. Refrigerate any remaining jelly to use immediately.