Yard Larder: Chamomile

Chamomile is a lovely smelling and looking flower whose primary use is for a nice, calming herbal tea.  I was given the gift of chamomile jelly once.  I was a tad skeptical, but the first taste made me a convert.  This light aromatic substance is a small piece of heaven. It is delicious.  I can tell you this is a major hit as a gift, as well.  If you are a canner/jelly maker and haven’t tried it, add this gem to your favorites list.

1 c. chamomile flowers, packed
3 1/2 c. water
1 box Sure-jell
4 c. sugar

Place chamomile blossoms in a medium-sized saucepan. Add water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, let stand 10 minutes. Strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth. Measure 3 cups. Mix chamomile infusion and Sure-jell in large saucepan. Bring to hard boil and add sugar. Again bring to a hard boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Pour into sterile jars and seal.
Photo Credit: Jesse Kruger

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