Thursday, March 21, 2013

White Clover Jelly

 Yep, the honey bees will just have to share Spring's bounty. 

   I have always been intimidated by canning. About a year ago, I finally got the courage to try my own hand at it. My first attempt was with blueberry jam. It came out more like syrup, but tasted fantastic. After some trial and error, I perfected it. I'm not an expert, but I have become pretty good at it. The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is the best book on canning that I have found. It has so many recipes and it perfect for all levels of canning. It also encourages you to experiment with your own recipes. What I really wanted was a good Clover Jelly recipe. I found one on the internet that was close to what I needed but not exactly.This is my recipe and I hope you enjoy it. White Clover Jelly tastes just like honey. 

White Clover Jelly recipe 

2 cups White Clover infusion (tea): steep 3+ cups  packed flowers in 2 cups boiling water. In a sauce pan.Turn off the heat and let it sit for at least 2 hours.

1/4 cup lemon juice
4 cups sugar
1 box of Pectin (Sure Jell is what I used)

Go outside and pick about 3 cups of Clover. Flowers only, not the stems. Carefully rinse them with cool water.
Make your Clover infusion. While it is cooling, push the clovers down into the water. 

Once the Clover infusion has cooled. Strain the "tea" with cheese cloth. A NEW pair of pantyhose works great too. I cut one leg out of the pantyhose and stretched it over a canning funnel. It worked perfectly. 
I then squeezed out the last of the tea and threw the pantyhose away. 

Get your canning pot ready with enough water that it will cover the jars. Bring to a boil. 

In a large stock pot, add Clover infusion, lemon juice, and sugar. Keep stirring.

 Bring to a boil that you can't stir away. Add pectin and boil 2 minutes stirring constantly. Turn off heat. Ladle into hot sterile jars. Wipe the rim of each jar with a damp paper towel. Put lids and seals on.  Place jars in canning pot. Make sure they are fully submerged. 

Bring to a boil. Boil 20 minutes. Remove Jars and place on a towel. Leave them alone until fully cooled. 

Enjoy on toast or biscuits.

Note: After canning several different things, I have found out that the amount of pectin differs sometimes. One box worked perfectly in this recipe for me. 


  1. I have never heard of or tried this! It actually sounds pretty good though. I may just have to give it a try!

  2. Wow! I've never heard of this before, but it sounds fabulous! I have never canned food, but would love to start... especially to stock up for winter! I have heard good things about the canning book you mentioned... maybe I should pick up a copy and give canning a try this summer before baby #2 arrives! :)

  3. This recipe for White Clover Jelly sounds so delicious! I think that you did a good job in canning this. I used to can years ago, and I found it to be fun. I had raspberry bushes and canned raspberry jam and gave to family and friends. This sounds like it would be good on my bagel!

  4. This looks delicious, it is not something I have ever heard of but I would certainly try it. I have many fond memories of my Mum canning strawberries as a child.

  5. I am not really into canning but my mother in law is! I will share this with her! Thanks!

  6. my mom canned alot of different foods i should try this

  7. This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I have never heard of this before and my grandmother canned lots of jellies. Will have to check this out.

  9. listen upyall,the girl is a mean jelly maker!

  10. I like the fact that I can pick the clover right out of my yard & make jelly. Thank you for your recipe.

  11. This is very cool! I had never heard of doing this with clover. You have inspired me!

  12. I had never heard of Clover Jelly. Since I am unfamiliar with it, it was very helpful that you explained that it tastes like honey. Thanks for the recipe and instructions I might try it next year.

  13. I was just asking friends about doing this...and someone sent me your link. How awesome. We have about 2 acres of the most beautiful white clover, clean and chemical free. I am going to try this. Sounds delish, and looks GREAT! Thank you.

  14. I was introduced to a recipe for dandelion jelly from a friend of mine but was too late to get dandelions from my yard (my husband mowed before I knew about it!). After pondering where I could get some for a few days, my yard started filling up with clover. So I started thinking I bet I could make clover jelly! After googling for a recipe I found yours. I'm so excited to try this!!!! Will be making some TODAY!

  15. Nancy's TreasuresJuly 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I have made clover jelly a few times & believe everyone would love the delicate, unique flavor. I also do dandelion & fireweed jellies, wonderful, wonderful flavors like nothing you could ever buy in the stores. Good luck to all.