Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dandelion Jelly...


I have to say this jelly ROCKS!

I also made some Dandelion Syrup. Some people make and/or call it "Dandelion Honey" and I see why!
It really tastes like honey, both the jelly and the syrup!   If you Google it, you can see that people do all kinds of neat things with the dandelions to make things that are honey-like, including 'syrup' sweetened with honey and flavored with butter. ...That HAS to be good!

Here's the simple way to make the jelly:

Collect about 4 to 5 cups open dandelion flowers. Snip the green ends off where you just have the yellow petals. (Don't worry about a few green sprigs, but no stems!)

Pour 4 cups boiling hot water over yellow petals, cover, and allow to steep overnight.

Strain off 3 cups of 'juice' into large pot.
Add 2 T lemon juice.
Mix in one box of Sure-jell.
Bring to a rolling boil, boil one minute.
Stir in 5 cups sugar, return to boil.
Boil one more minute, ladle into jelly jars.
*can add yellow food coloring

To make the syrup- I used almost the same ingredients, but in different order!

For the syrup:
3 cups of steeped dandelion 'juice'  (Plus another 1/4 cup later.)
Bring juice to a rapid boil, add 5 cups sugars and 2 T lemon juice,
and 1 T butter.
Return to a boil, boil one minute.
Mix one box of Sure Jell with 1/4 cup  dandelion 'juice' (or water.).
Add to the boiling mixture.
Boil rapidly for 1 minute.
Ladle into jelly jars and process as you would jelly.

The syrup looks identical to honey!
Great for pancakes, biscuits, or on sandwiches with peanut butter!
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How are dandelions good for you?
It is supposed to be a 'blood builder'.
Also rich in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
Helps open urinary tract.
Great for the liver.
And more...see the Bulk Herb Store!
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4 comments:

Candi said...

Wow! I didn't even know dandelions were edible. We have lots of them in a field near our house. Great use for them!

Donna said...

Candi-
Yes, the greens can even be used in a salad!

You just wanna make sure you are getting them from an area that hasn't been sprayed with some icky chemicals! (Like beside the road in the city!)

The Bulk Herb Store sells the dried flower petals for herbal teas :-)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Amazing! Who knew you could make something yummy out of those?

Donna said...

Niki,

Thank you, and yes, there's lots you can do with those frugal little weeds! ;-)