Sugared violets are a spring delicacy that should not be missed! They look fancy and delicate and too hard for a busy homesteading mom to bother with, but I promise, they're not at all. Have the kids help for family fun!
Snip each violet right beneath the flower head to remove the stem.
Using a clean paintbrush, paint egg white on the tops and undersides of each petal. Work quickly, being as gently as possible.
Place each wet violet into a dish of your favorite low carb, granulated white sugar. You'll only need 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar. Gently press the violet into the sugar. Flip the violet and repeat the process on the other side. After you've processed all your sugared violets, use the rest of the sugar in your next baked treat. *
Place each wet and sugared violet on a plate or bakers rack to dry. Blooms should be stiff in 3-5 days. Use within a month or two. Store in a cool, dry place in an air tight container once violets are completely dry.
Your six-year-old will have a harder time with this project than your 16-year-old, but it's all good. The younger kids can still be part of the process and you don't need to get anxiety that the sugared violets don't always look just so. This is supposed to be fun, remember.
*Salmonella and campylobacter are bacteria that thrive on the outside of egg shells, not the inside. If your egg shells, work space and hands are clean, you should be fine to re-use your sugar and eat your sugared violets.
If you're uncertain about it, then sugared violets aren't for you and you shouldn't make them or eat them.