Did you know roses are edible? Yes they are...even the Knockout Rose variety. Now while I don't go around noshing on roses all the day long, I figured I could handle some sweet rose jelly.
To make my jelly, I gathered up a large bowl of fresh roses...
Washed and rinsed them well in cool water and then de-petaled them...
I needed 2 full cups of petals for my jelly.
Once I had what I needed I rinsed them again and put them in a pot with 2 1/4 cups of water and simmered for 5-10 minutes. Most people clip the white ends off their rose petals before use because they tend to be a little bitter but I tasted one of my petals and they did not need clipped as they were not bitter.
While they were simmering, I put a few pretty little jars and lids in a water bath to sterilize them...
After the roses had simmered for a while, I strained the liquid off...
Isn't that gorgeous???
Some people use the petals and all in their jam, which I think would be lovely, but I decided that I wanted jelly and not jam; therefore, I left the petals out of my recipe.
I added the liquid back to my sauce pan with 4 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1 package pectin powder, stirring until everything was dissolved,
Then brought it up to a rolling boil
Now on a little side note, your more fragrant rose varieties have more flavor. Knockouts don't have much fragrance so they are pretty much flavorless. However, I remedied that in my recipe with 7 drops rose essential oil.
I could've also used Rose water but I didn't have any of that on hand.
On another little side note, true Pure Rose Oil is EXTREMELY expensive...$100.00 or more per ounce. I didn't have that on hand either for obvious reasons so I used a rose oil blend which is simply a small amount of pure rose oil blended with a carrier oil, which was pretty inexpensive. You have to use a little more because it is so diluted but works well over all.
I boiled everything for 1-2 minutes and them removed from the heat. I filled 4 sterilized jars with the jelly, reserving out a little to try right away...put the lids and rings on and then inverted them for five minutes to achieve a seal.
Let them set overnight and I have four gorgeous jars of Knockout Rose Petal Jelly...
2 full packed cups rose petals (any kind)
2 1/4 C. water
4 C. sugar
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 packet pectin powder (1.75 oz.)
7-10 drops rose essential oil
I am going to attack our ginormous MINT bush next....Mint jelly anyone?