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 clover is so simple! If you are a beginner at foraging and using herbs, then preserving white clover is the place to start!
Foraging & Preserving White Clover Blossoms
1. Gathering White Clover Blossoms
Foraging is so much fun for children. They have a blast searching for the correct plants in the yard and gathering them into their baskets. Just give your kiddos a basket, show them which plant to look for, and let them go!
If your children pick buttercups along with the clover (mine picked a ton!), be sure to toss them because buttercups are toxic when ingested.
Also, be sure to take pictures because what is cuter than Supergirl and Luke Skywalker picking flowers/weeds/herbs together?
2. Rinsing Foraged Clover Blossoms
Give the clover a good rinse to remove any bugs that might be hanging around. You can rinse the blossoms in a strainer or in a bowl, then dry them well.
3. Drying Rinsed Clover
Place the clover blossoms on a flour sack towel or dish towel and gently pat them dry.Learn to preserve white clover for teas, jellies, and soaps!Click To Tweet
4. Dehydrating White Clover
You can dehydrate the clover by putting the blossoms in a dehydrator, placing them on a baking rack in a sunny spot, or by using a solar oven.
I used my All-American Sun Oven to dehydrate the clover. This method is fast and efficient. Just place a sheet of parchment paper over a baking sheet or rack and put it into the Sun Oven. Pour the rinsed and dried 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.
5. Storing Dehydrated Clover
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
Spread clover jelly on toast for a yummy breakfast!
Drink Clover Iced Tea as a twist to a summertime staple.
Hot Clover Tea can be substituted for store bought herbal teas. Use the White Clover Iced Tea Recipe above, but don’t add the ice 🙂
Enjoy your foraged clover in this sweet treat!
Make your own “honey” using a mix of red and white clover blossoms.
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