Making Delicious Jelly from Wild Rose Petals

wild rose jelly with flowers

Making this delicious jelly from wild rose petals came about after continually seeing the beautiful wild rose bushes blooming so beautifully in various places around my property. The best time that I seem to have foraging ideas is when I mow my seven acres. Passing by these beautiful bushes with so many flowers made me want to “make” something from them! It is a feeling I get all the time!

This recipe for how to make homemade wild rose jelly is a great edible flower jelly recipe. The jelly turns out to be a beautiful color and tastes so delicious, with a wonderful floral sweet flavor.

 Wild roses are also called multiflora roses and they are edible. This article includes a lot of great information about wild roses including different uses for the wild rose and health benefits.

wild roses for wild rose jelly

Basic Steps to Make Wild Rose Jelly

  • Pick the flowers, about 2 to 4 cups of wild rose petals
  • Add 4 cups boiling water to the petals
  • Add lemon juice
  • Place in refrigerator for 24 hours
  • Strain the petals from the liquid
  • Add liquid to the pot and bring to a boil
  • Next add the powdered pectin, bring to a boil for one minute, and stir continuously
  • Add 4 cups of sugar, stir to dissolve, and boil for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Ladle the jelly into canning jars and water bath can for 10 minutes

Detailed Instructions for Making Wild Rose Petal Jelly

Pick the wild rose flowers.

wild rose flowers

I plucked off small twigs of flowers and put them is a small cooler. Any container or bucket would be good. It is easier to separate the petals at one time.

Cooler filled with small branches of wild roses

Separate the petals, you need about 2 to 4 cups of fresh wild rose petals.

bowl of wild rose petals

Place the fresh flowers in a large bowl or quart mason jar.

wild rose petals in a quart jar to make wild rose jelly

Pour four cups of boiling water over the flowers.

Adding 4 cups of boiling water to the wild rose petals for making wild rose jelly

Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the wild rose water infusion to make it more acidic. Fresh lemon juice can be used or bottled lemon juice.

After it cools to room temperature, place the wild rose infusion in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

The next day, strain the flowers from the tea using a fine mesh strainer, cheese cloth or coffee filter. You should have about 4 cups of wild rose petal tea.

Add the wild rose petal tea to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add a box of powdered pectin. Stir it to dissolve the pectin. Heat on medium-high heat and bring to a rolling boil for one minute, and stir continuously.

Add 4 cups of sugar slowly to the wild rose jelly mixture and stir to dissolve. Bring to a rolling boil for 1 to 2 minutes.

Turn off the heat and ladle the hot jelly into the canning jars. I used 5 half pint jars or commonly called jelly jars.

ladling the hot wild rose petal tea into jars

Fill the jars to 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe jar rims with a damp cloth or wet paper towel and remove the air bubbles.

jars of wild rose jelly from the top before canning

Place jars into the hot water bath with a jar lifter and process at a hard boil for 10 minutes. I use the Ball electric water bath canner and love it.

Adding jars of wild rose jelly to water bath canner with a jar lifter

Remove the hot jars from the boiling water bath with a jar lifter and place them on a dish towel on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours. Note: Sometimes it takes at least a day or more for the jelly to completely set up. Most of the time they are not quite set when you remove them from the canner.

5 jars of wild rose jelly

Enjoy!

Enjoy the beautiful wild rose jelly with the floral sweet flavor.

wild rose jelly with flowers

It is so fun to make delicious floral jellies from different edible flowers, and so fun for kids also. The different jellies make great gifts!

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com for more flower jellies including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipepeony jelly red clover jelly and apple blossom recipe. I recently added my rose jelly made from rose petals.

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wild rose jelly with flowers

Wild Rose Jelly Recipe

Yield: 5 to 6 half-pint jars

This recipe for how to make homemade wild rose jelly is a great edible flower jelly recipe. The jelly turns out to be a beautiful color and tastes so delicious, with a wonderful floral sweet flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 cups of wild rose flowers
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 package powdered pectin
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Pick the wild rose flowers and remove the petals
  2. Add the petals to a large bowl or quart mason jar
  3. Add 4 cups boiling water to the petals
  4. Add the lemon juice
  5. Place in refrigerator for 24 hours
  6. Strain the flowers from the liquid
  7. Add liquid to the pot and bring to a boil
  8. Next add powdered pectin, bring to a boil for one minute, and stir continuously
  9. Add 4 cups of sugar, stir to dissolve, and boil for 1 to 2 minutes
  10. Ladle the jelly into canning jars
  11. Wipe the rims and remove the air bubbles, add lids
  12. Water bath can and process for 10 minutes at a rolling boil
  13. Remove the jars and place them on a dishtowel on the counter
  14. Do not disturb for 24 hours

Notes

Note: Sometimes it takes at least a day or more for the jelly to completely set up. Most of the time they are not quite set when you remove them from the canner.

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