Make Delicious Dandelion Flower Jelly (Easy Steps)

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By Patricia Rios
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Dandelion Flowers Are Awesome

Dandelion flowers are among the first signs of spring, welcoming the season with their bright yellow petals. Although they are labeled as weeds, they are edible and offer numerous benefits.

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These blooms produce pollen and nectar, making them ideal for pollinators in springtime. Bees, butterflies, and other insects rely on them for sustenance.

Moreover, dandelion flowers have a delightful, honey-like flavor that can be turned into delicious dandelion flower jelly, perfect for spreading on toast or incorporating into various recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Dandelion Flowers (without stems or green parts)
  • 4 cups Boiling Water
  • 1 Package Sure-Gel Pectin (about four tablespoons powdered pectin)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 4 cups Sugar

Instructions:

Prepare Dandelion Tea:

  • Pour boiling water over freshly harvested dandelion flowers and let them steep overnight.
  • Strain the flowers from the tea in the morning, ensuring that they are squeezed to extract as much tea as possible.

Cooking the Jelly:

  • Combine lemon juice, dandelion tea, and pectin in a large stockpot, bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved, then allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and ladle the jelly into prepared jars.

Canning Process:

  • Process the jars in a water-bath canner for 10 minutes to ensure preservation.
  • Let the jelly sit for 24 hours to set, checking for sealed lids.

Harvesting Dandelion Flowers

When harvesting dandelion flowers, gather them at full bloom for the best flavor. Avoid wilting or not fully blossoming flowers, as they won’t provide as much flavor. Ensure you harvest flowers from areas free of pesticides and chemicals, opting for flowers from untreated lawns or gardens. Harvesting dandelion flowers can be a fun activity for the whole family, fostering a connection with nature and food.

Preparing Your Dandelions

Before using dandelion flowers, remove the green stems and leaves, as they impart a bitter taste to the jelly. For this recipe, gather 2 cups of dandelion flowers, ensuring they’re clean and free from dirt or bugs.

Making Dandelion Tea

Place cleaned dandelion flowers in a jar and cover them with boiling water to make dandelion tea. Let the mixture steep overnight in the refrigerator to extract the floral essence. After steeping, strain the tea from the flowers, pressing them to extract all the liquid. The resulting tea should be light yellow, indicating its readiness for jelly-making.

Crafting Dandelion Jelly

Combine dandelion tea, pectin, and lemon juice in a pot and bring to a boil. Add sugar and continue boiling until the mixture thickens, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. During boiling, expect the mixture to foam and rise, requiring a large pot to prevent overflow. Skim off any foam that forms on the surface for a more transparent jelly.

Water-Bath Canning Process

Sterilize mason jars and fill them with the prepared jelly, leaving a quarter-inch of headspace. Seal the jars tightly and process them in a water-bath canner for 10 minutes to ensure safe preservation. Allow the jars to cool to room temperature, checking for sealed lids. Store properly sealed jars in a cool, dark place for up to 18 months.

Troubleshooting 

If the jelly doesn’t set within 24 hours, consider reprocessing it through the water-bath canning. Alternatively, use the unset jelly as a syrup for pancakes or desserts, repurposing it for culinary enjoyment.

Following these simple steps, you can transform humble dandelion flowers into a delightful jelly that captures the essence of spring. Enjoy foraging, crafting, and savoring this homemade delicacy with your loved ones!

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Patricia Rios

I have been writing makeup and beauty content for more than ten years. My passion is to uplift you, my reader, to feel better about yourself.

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