This wonderful jelly was the inspiration for this months soap of the month and featured orchard!
The crisp apple, cool mint and the warming wonderful sweet scent of honey which goes into this tasty jelly had me turn from my cooking kitchen to the soap kitchen to come up with a skin version of these wonderful ingredients with many amazing skin benefits like,
- Peppermint Essential Oil which activates receptors in the skin and is the primary source for the cooling sensation on the skin after topical use.
- Honey which draws and locks in moisture.
- Apple extract and juice which contains vitamin C and helps in preventing damage to skin cells from free radicals. The antioxidants it contains help in cell rejuvenation and healthy glowing skin.
You should try both these wonderful gems! And with Spring & Easter upon us the apple mint jelly is a great recipe to add to your holiday line up.
Apple Mint Jelly
4 c. apple juice (juicing fresh apples are best)
1 (2 1/2 oz.) pkg. powdered fruit pectin
2 tbsp. crushed mint leaves
4 c. sugar
1 c. honey
In large saucepan or kettle, combine apple juice, fruit pectin, crushed mint. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Stir in sugar immediately. Bring to full rolling boil again; stir in honey and boil hard for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim foam and strain out mint leaves. Pour into hot scalded jars. Seal. Makes 7 half pints.
Great Basket Gift idea:
1 Apple Peck Basket with handle (you can get these at Michael’s)
Basket filler – your color choice
1 green kitchen/tea towel rolled up
1 jar homemade Apple Mint Jelly (you can make your own special labels with jar labels from Staples)
1 bar of Green Apple Mint & Honey soap
1 Green Apple Mint & Honey Double Wick Preserve Jar Candle