Saturday, 8 February 2014

Rose Petal Jam

Home made rose petal jam, make your own gift for special person.
Most of the roses are edible but I prefer to use red, pink or white to make jam, pick in the early morning for stronger perfume, I really adored this aromatic jam to have with toast, scone or put some in yoghurt.  

rose petals from 10-20 roses
3 cups sugar
2 cups water 
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon salt
juice of 2 lemons
5 tablespoons powdered pectin

Clean rose petal and use scissors cut them into a small piece.
In the pot, combine water, salt, rose petals and sugar together, bring to boil with medium heat, stirring constantly, then simmer for about 20 mins or until rose petals are become soft and translucent.
Add lemon juice to bring out the colour and the taste and as we know, lemons are very hight in pectin to help jam to set.
To prepare the pectin, put powdered pectin in the small bowl, add 10 tablespoons of water, wait for few mins until pectin soaked up the liquid then put in microwave for 30 sec or until it melt.

Add pectin into the pot, bring to boil for 5-10 mins or longer for thicker consistancy, stir occasionally then add rose water, and then taste for sweetness, adjust if needed.
How to know that jam is reach to the setting point? I use a saucer or a small plate, put in the freezer for couple mins until it chill then put a small dollop of jam into the cold saucer then return into the freezer for 2-3 mins, touch to feel the jam with the tip of your finger, if it  has form a surface that wrinkle, it's ready, if it still runny liquid and your finger run right through it means not quite ready yet, you might have to cook for a bit longer.
Leave the jam to settle of the heat for 15 mins before pour into the jar to prevent the rose petal rising to the surface then pour into sterilised jar while jam still warm.
I made some from pink-yellow roses and look what I've got!!! yellow jam, marmalade-like.
I did put jam into the jars and decorated for Christmas gifts last year, but you can make as a gift for other occasion, like this Valentine's day.
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