Basil and mint are both members of the mint family. Use either for a unique and tasty Basil or Mint Jelly.
A tasty way to reap the health benefits of either basil or peppermint! Basil is a member of the Mint family, and like most other mints, is mainly used in medicine for its digestive and anti-gas properties. Herbalists also recommend it for headaches and anxiety. As a spice, basil can be used liberally in foods. Peppermint is an excellent carminative, having a relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive system, combats flatulence, and stimulates bile and digestive juice flow.
2 cups water
1 cup vinegar
1 cup basil or mint leaves
6-1/2 cups sugar
1 bottle Certo Pectin
Combine water, vinegar, basil or mint leaves and sugar, bring to a boil. Add fruit pectin; heat to full rolling boil and boil 1 minute. Remove leaves.
Seal in hot, sterilized jars.
You may want to use a little green food coloring as the jelly tends to look fairly pale and unappetizing without it.
Recipe makes 12, 6-ounce jars.
Variation: Fresh Mint Jelly
1-1/2 cups fresh mint
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 bottle Certo Pectin
Green Food Coloring
Rinse the mint (stems and leaves) Place in large pot and crush with a masher. Add 2-1/4 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and a couple drops of food coloring and mix. Add the sugar and mix well.
Put pot back on stove and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Once it comes to a boil, stir in the Certo all at once and mix. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, skim off foam with a metal spoon and quickly pour into hot sterilized jars. Seal with hot lids.
Beyond Food: Mint for Instant Energy?
A study suggests this may very well be so. Athletes who dabbed peppermint oil on their collars ran faster and did more push-ups when exposed to peppermint scent than with other or no scents at all. The theory is that peppermint boosts mood, so you perform better without working harder.
While there are numerous types of the basil plant, we tend to use sweet basil and bush basil for cooking because of its palatable taste.
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