Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion Jelly created by Leslie

This is a beautiful golden, clear, delicate, tasting jelly. Avoid the bitter milk in the flower stems, and any green parts it is UNPLEASANT! Great for gift giving. If you want to add more color add a couple drops of yellow. I found no need. Recipe #101039 is fabulous in this recipe used as the sugar or add a vanilla bean to the 3 cups of dandelion liquid for vanilla flavor. May 2011-I did a sun tea approach. I put the flowers in a large jar added 3 cups hot water and placed in the sun then left at room temperature for 24 hours. Strained then proceeded with the recipe.

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ingredients

  • 1 quart of lightly packed fresh organic bright dandelion flowers (try to use only yellow petals discarding the green which I just pinch off)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zest of, thinly chopped (optional)
  • 5 12 cups sugar, or
  • 5 12 cups lavender sugar with vanilla, $notetemplate1$
  • 1 vanilla bean, split (optional)
  • 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package dry pectin

directions

  • Using stainless steel pan, boil the flowers in 2 quarts of spring water for 10 minutes, cool, and strain, pressing the liquid out of the flowers gently, then restrain through a coffee filter.
  • Measure 3 cups of the liquid, add the lemon juice, zest and pectin. Optional: add 1 split vanilla bean.
  • Put into a deep jelly kettle and bring to a rolling boil, then add sugar and stir to mix well.
  • Stir and boil hard for 1 1/2 minutes, or until mixture sheets from a wooden spoon, skim, carefully remove vanilla pod, pour into hot clean half pint jelly jars and seal.
  • May 4,2010 - I made using 6 cups liquid, 7 cups sugar juice of 1 lemon just over 4 tablespoons, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 1.75oz(49)grams of pectin. Making 9 1/2 pint jars.
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"This is a beautiful golden, clear, delicate, tasting jelly. Avoid the bitter milk in the flower stems, and any green parts it is UNPLEASANT! Great for gift giving. If you want to add more color add a couple drops of yellow. I found no need. Recipe #101039 is fabulous in this recipe used as the sugar or add a vanilla bean to the 3 cups of dandelion liquid for vanilla flavor. May 2011-I did a sun tea approach. I put the flowers in a large jar added 3 cups hot water and placed in the sun then left at room temperature for 24 hours. Strained then proceeded with the recipe."

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  1. Terri B.
    When making the dandelion jelly, don't I need to water can?
  2. Melissa Michael D.
    I made this last spring and plan on making it again tomorrow! I do not use the lemon zest though..just the lemon juice. I cant wait...tastes soo good...sorta like honey! Yummy! a must try!
  3. April B.
    Amazing! After reading the reviews, I omitted the lemon zest, but did throw in a splash of lemon juice. Only used half a vanilla bean. Really yummy on corn bread! Great activity for young boys to burn energy. Go pick mommy a bucket full of dandelions! Will do again next week!
  4. Chef241
    Awesome jelly. Boiled it a bit longer, but other than that, this jelly is awesome.
  5. ktownlisa
    I probably had no business experimenting when I tried this recipe because I've pretty much never made jam before. But I can't get over my "how hard can it be" spirit! So, I tried making this substituting coconut sugar for the regular sugar. It's supposed to be healthier! And it says it can be used as a 1:1 substitute in recipes! So, guess what? my jelly didn't jell! And, the coconut sugar made it turn a rather darkish brown. But, it tastes great! So, maybe it's a good sweetener for tea? Like many have said, it has a flavor like a strong honey. I found the process of pulling out all the petals from the green ends labor intensive.But dandelions are so plentiful I would maybe try this again if there's a way to do it with an alternative to sugar. Any one tried using agave? It's possible the lack of jelling is due to my ineptitude rather than the sugar substitution, so I'd be interested to hear if anyone else out there's had success.
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