Recipe for How to Make White Clover Jelly

white clover jelly with clover flowers

This recipe for how to make white clover blossom jelly turned out to be my favorite edible flower recipe. First of all it is the easiest, without having to pull flower petals or separate from little stems. Plus white clover blossoms are abundant for a long period of time and the clovers turned into a beautiful pink floral jelly and it is such a delicious jelly! There are different species of clovers including crimson clover blossoms, red clover and white clover. For this recipe I used white clover which is very abundant in the early spring and on into the summer. It is easy to pick several cups of white clover flowers to make this delicious jelly. See my list of other flower jelly recipes at the end of this article.

You would not think when you look out into your yard and see this seemingly plain white flower that it would turn into such a delicious beautiful jelly.

white clover in the yard
White clover flowers in my yard

Health Benefits of White Clover

This article from WebMD states that white clover contains a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Including vitamins A, B2, B3, C, and E as well as magnesium, potassium, chromium, and calcium and that the clover may provide health benefits and possibly boost the immune system.

Basic Steps for Making White Clover Jelly

  • Pick the white clover flowers
  • Remove the stems from the flowers
  • Add 4 cups boiling water to the flowers
  • Add lemon juice
  • Place in refrigerator for 24 hours
  • Strain the flowers 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 Steps for Making White Clover Jelly

The basic process starts with picking the white clover flowers. Pick 2 to 4 cups of fresh clover flowers. Remove the stems from the flowers.

bowl of white clover flowers for white clover jelly recipe
Bowl of white clover flowers

Place the flowers in a large bowl or quart mason jar. It helps to use the canning funnel.

White clover in mason jar for white clover jelly recipe
White clover flowers in quart mason jar

Add 4 cups of boiling water to the clover flowers. This will infuse the flowers and make white clover infusion. It was interesting that when I added the water, the infused water was greenish.

Adding 4 cups of boiling water to the white clovers in the mason jar for white clover jelly
Adding 4 cups of boiling water to the clover flowers

Add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice to the white clover tea. After adding the lemon juice, the tea turned clear.

After adding lemon juice the white clover tea turned clear
After adding lemon juice the white clover tea turned clear

But then after a while it turned pink.

White clover tea turned pink
White clover tea turned pink

After the tea cools put it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Then the next day, strain the flowers from the tea using a fine mesh sieve, cheese cloth or coffee filter.

Straining the white clover flowers from the tea
Straining the white clover flowers from the tea

Next add the white clover tea to a large pot or saucepan and add a package of powdered pectin. Stir it to dissolve the pectin. Heat on high heat and bring to a full boil.

Stirring the white clover jelly and powered pectin
Stirring the white clover jelly and powered pectin

Add 4 cups of sugar slowly to the white clover jelly mixture and stir to dissolve. Bring to a full rolling boil and let boil for 1 to 2 minutes.

white clover jelly mixture boiling
White clover jelly mixture boiling

Skim off any foam.

Skimming off foam from white clover jelly
Skimming off foam from white clover jelly

Turn off the heat and ladle the hot jelly into the canning jars. I used 5 half pint jars and 1 4-oz jar. These sizes are often referred to as jelly jars.

Ladling white clover jelly into the jars
Ladling white clover jelly into the jars

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

white clover jelly in jars
White clover jelly in jars

Add the lids and then place the hot jars in the water bath canner using a jar lifter. Process at a full roiling boil for 10 minutes. I use the Ball electric water bath canner and love it.

Adding jars to the water bath canner
Adding jars to the water bath canner

Remove the hot mason 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.

Low Sugar Option

If you want to use less sugar for this homemade jelly, use low sugar pectin instead of regular and add less sugar to the recipe (as little as 1-½ cups).

Enjoy!

Enjoy the beautiful sweet white clover blossom jelly with the slightly floral taste. 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 recipe peony jelly and apple blossom recipe. Also for my canning recipes and other favorite great recipes, plus posts about other homestead-type activities, such as gardening and raising chickens.

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white clover jelly with clover flowers

White Clover Jelly Recipe

Yield: 5 to 6 half pint jars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A delicious floral sweet jelly made from white clover flowers

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Pick the white clover flowers
  2. Remove the stems from the flowers
  3. Add 4 cups boiling water to the flowers
  4. Add the lemon juice to the tea
  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.

3 thoughts on “Recipe for How to Make White Clover Jelly

  1. Hi Terri,
    White clover jelly is my favorite wild flower jelly as well!! Thus far I have made clover, dandelion, lilac, lavender, peony, honeysuckle and violet. I hope to soon try apple blossom, redbud, day lily, queen anne’s lace, and goldenrod (I have redbud and apple blossoms frozen for later use). I have a question…all the recipes I’ve seen thus far call for the lemon juice to be added at the same time as the powdered pectin, when you begin to boil your infusion. Is there any benefit to adding it to the infusion itself? Does it create a prettier jelly? I love the pink hue of your jelly…mine turned out to be more golden, even though your clovers look exactly like mine. I suppose it could also be that I use organic sugar, which does seem to darken things a bit. Any thoughts?

    1. How cool! I had not thought of lavender, goldenrod or Queen Anne’s lace! I need to try them. One that I did just think of and look up is Elder Flower Jelly. I recently discovered 3 elderberry bushes behind my house and they have the most beautiful blossoms. I think I might do that next and scout around for Queen Ann’s lace and goldenrod. About adding the lemon juice to the infusion. Yes! I think that makes a difference. I saw it in one of the recipes I looked up, and have been doing it ever since. In my white clover recipe, I showed the difference after adding the lemon juice, because I thought it was so cool. Thanks for commenting!

      1. Thank you!! I’m definitely going to try adding the lemon juice to my infusion next time!! 😊

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