While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced. . .

While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced. . .

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Delicious fireweed jelly from Alaska

One of our bus guides talked about making fireweed syrup. Fireweed is everywhere, and the vast swaths of violet against the spruce and birch backdrop is quite beautiful.

Photographer's note:

"Michael brought us back this awesome fireweed jelly that he made from Alaska."

Fireweed Jelly

8 cups of fireweed blossoms

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 1/2 cups water

2 pkgs pectin

5 cups sugar

Pick, wash and measure 8 cups of fireweed blossoms. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and 4 1/2 cups water. Boil 10 minutes and strain. Take the strained juice and heat to lukewarm. Add 2 pkgs powdered pectin and bring to boil. Add 5 cups sugar and bring to full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Pour into hot clean jars and seal. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

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