I have been on a mission lately to rely less on outside sources like Walmart for products that we use on a daily basis in our home and on our farm. We are raising livestock for meat & milk and we grow produce for canning in our garden. We have replaced paper towels with flour sack towels, we use food scraps for compost, and I also make all of my own cleaning supplies. The most recent attempt to save money & provide for ourselves has come in the form of foraging and preserving weeds, flowers, and grasses. Rose petals are being dried out for soap, dandelions are being used for jelly, and white clover has been dehydrated for tea, soap, and jelly.
Gathering, drying, and using white clover blossoms is so simple! If you are a beginner at preserving food and using herbs, then clover is an excellent place to start!
Foraging & Preserving White Clover Blossoms
This is a fun task for the kids to complete. My kids had a blast foraging in our yard! Just give them a basket and let them go!
If your kids pick buttercups along with the clover (mine picked a ton!), be sure to toss it as buttercups are toxic.
Also, be sure to take pictures because what is cuter than Supergirl & Luke Skywalker picking flowers together??
Give the clover a good rinse to remove any bugs that might be hanging around.
Place the clover blossoms on a flour sack towel or dish towel and pat dry.
You can put the blossoms in a dehydrator, place them on a baking rack in a sunny spot, or use a solar oven…
I used my Sun Oven to dehydrate the clover. This method is fast & efficient. Just place a sheet of parchment paper over a tray and put it into the Sun Oven. Pour the clover blossoms on top of the parchment paper, close the lid, open the reflectors, and let the oven do its work. Make sure that the Sun Oven has a shadow behind it at all times for best results.
Dried clover blossoms can be stored in zip lock bags or mason jars. Mason jars are more air tight than baggies so the clover will last longer if you choose this option.
White Clover Recipes
- White Clover Jelly– Spread clover jelly on toast for a yummy breakfast!
- Iced White Clover & Mint Tea– Drink Clover Iced Tea as a twist to a summertime staple.
- White Clover Hot Tea- Hot Clover Tea can be substituted for store bought herbal teas. Use the Iced Tea recipe above, but don’t add the ice 🙂