Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mint Jelly

Last summer, when we moved out here to our eclectic rental property, I moved one of my mint plants from a container to patch of dirt under an apple tree. I know, I know. Mint is invasive and it will take over. I thought it might be able to complete with the blackberries and weeds that take over too. And it holds its own. Not spreading too far, but branching out nicely. Even with the cat traffic in that area. We use it in the few recipes I have that call for it, but it grows faster than we use it. Seemed like a waste if we didn't find a way to use it.  And then we saw a mint jelly recipe on the sure-jell box. So we decided to try it, just for fun.  And to practice our canning skills. I guess it turned out, jars sealed, jelly set.
Looks like Ghostbuster slime doesn't it? The jars are really a clear bright green when you hold them up to the light.  I'll take a picture of that someday.  When we licked the pot, it tasted like peppermint candies. Not quite sure how we will use it all (got a good recipe?) but hey, it looks pretty!

P.S. A few of the jars don't look quite clear all the way through, like it set slightly different in the middle. Anyone know what that is about?

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Anonymous said...

I don't know about the set up situation, but I did make some killer iced tea last summer that you just reminded me of.

mint, lavender, all went into a sun tea glass pitcher thing and we set it out for a bit until you could see the color start to turn. Not too much lavender, and we added the vanilla and honey after sunning the tea. Yum. Yum.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Gosh, everything on your site looks so delicious!! Puts me to shame as am useless in the kitchen! :-)


A.R.Ambler said...

That's lovely! I have no idea how to use it, but I might try it!
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