If you missed my post about Witchy Rose, you can read it right here! If you don't want to take the time, let me just tell you that this Queen Victoria rose blooms when she wants to ... only when she wants to. I planted it decades ago and it grew all over the trellis, but it never bloomed ... until my Aunt Evelyn died. It bloomed the next year and I felt like my aunt made it bloom for me! It didn't bloom for years ... until the year my daughter got married. That year it gave us a dozen long stemmed beautiful roses. I cut it down to the ground and had a porch built over it ... thought I'd never see her again and she found her way through the wooden slats .. and bloomed again!
Anyway, I think the rose is haunted ... but in a good way!
This year, I decided I would eat her when two pretty roses bloomed!
Witchy Rose Petal Jelly
2 cups rose petals
3 cups of water
Juice of one lemon
5 cups sugar
1 pouch liquid pectin
Wash the rose petals before using them. Bring 3 cups of water to a hard boil. Drop in the rose petals; turn off the burner and put a lid on your pan. Let the petals steep for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and use a strainer spoon to scoop all the petals out of the liquid. Use your hand and squeeze the handful of petals so all the juice comes out of them.
The liquid will be a pale color and as soon as you add the juice of one lemon, it will return to the color of the petals you used! Just like magic! Add the sugar and return the liquid to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. When the liquid reaches a boil that you cannot stir down, add the liquid pectin. The boiling will slow down a little, but continue stirring until it reaches a rolling boil again and continue to boil it for 1 minute. Don’t guess, time it!
Turn off the burner; let the boiling subside and pour the jelly into sterilized canning jars. Process them in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to make certain that the lids seal.