Rose Petal Jam
Rose Jam is so delicious! You can buy it on the internet these days from many different suppliers, but you can make it yourself and it is so yummy. Great to spread on toast, add to oatmeal, over pancakes (or by the spoonful when no one is looking)
Original recipe makes 4 half-pint jars
8 ounces fresh rose petals, white base trimmed off
(can purchase rose petals from http://www.healingspiritsherbfarm.com/ or http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/)
2 cups white sugar (organic best) divided
Juice of 2 lemons
3 cups water
1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
Toss the rose petals, lemon juice, and 1 cup sugar together in a bowl until the petals are evenly coated. Let stand at room temperature overnight.
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the rose petal mixture and reserved 1 cup of sugar; stir until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high, and return the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Stir in the pectin, and boil for 1 minute.
Pour the jam into 4 sterilized half-pint jars. Seal with rings and lids, label and store in a cool dark place.