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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Waste not want not; Dandelion Jelly

With spring comes weeds. However the dandelion, although invasive, is a beneficial plant to your yard (helps worms). you can eat the leaves in your salads, or make wine, but a great way to use all those gorgeous little yellow heads, and keep a burst of spring around is to make
Dandelion Jelly

1 quart tightly packed ripe yellow Dandelion flowers
6 cups water
6 cups sugar
juice of one lemon
8 tablespoons Pectin

make sure your flowers have not been sprayed, pick and wash. remove the ends, and as much green as possible.

Place petals, water and lemon juice large heavy bottom pot, bring to a boil, then transfer to a bowl. Place a piece of waxed paper over top and refrigerate until morning.

Return to pot, and sugar and bring to a hard boil. Stirring occasionally. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool until hand able. Strain through a sieve, discarding petals.

Add pectin to the liquid and return to a boil for 5-10 minutes, until it begins to set.

Pour into hot sterile jars, and process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes.
Tastes a bit like honey

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Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Oh, Phelan, another yummy recipe to make!!! I'm not at home for another few days, so I'm going to have to remember to copy this when i get back! 2 new jelly recipes to try this year---I can't wait!!!

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Phelen, one question: I usually use those sure-jell packets. I do have a bag of powdered pectin that I bought at the Amish store. Do you mean 8 tbsps of the powdered stuff or 8 tbsps of liquid pectin? Any comparison with the small packets? Also, approx. how much juice from one lemon? Would it be possible to use the already squeezed stuff in my fridge? My dandelions are blooming right now, so I'd like to make this jelly soon if I can! Thanks!

Phelan said...

With sure jell you are going to use the entire package

Lemon juice ratio;2- 3 tsp of the concentrate will equal juice from 1 fresh lemon You can add more if you like, it gives it a pleasant lemony taste.

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