Weekend with Dandelion “Honey” (Jelly)

I promised in the last post Friday at the Écomusée d’Alsace, that I would share a recipe.  I had to first try this recipe before I shared it with you and that is what I did this weekend.   Now that I have made it once, I am ready to share the recipe and it is kind of a weird one… it features dandelion flower petals…  Dandelion Jelly!

Here is some back story:

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While at the museum we noticed a young lady picking dandelions and when we visited the “home” she worked out we found out why she was picking them.  She was making a jelly out of the flowers.  She told us that her grandmother use to make this recipe and it was a great substitute for honey.  She put some on a piece of bread and asked us to taste..

Umm… YA… I am not a big “weed” eater… first I hesitated (offering it to the kids… who didn’t gag or spit it out…) next with a bit of skepticism I tasted this  “weed juice”.  I was instantly surprised with the taste.  It was eerily similar to honey… (that is the second time in a week I have has used the word eerily… maybe I should have stated uncannily… don’t want to be too repetitive).

I think all of you should give it a try… so here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 50 grams of dandelion flower pedals (just the yellow pedals)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 kg of sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
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I grabbed this bottle of Gewurztraminer (that is hard to say) from my mother in-laws “stash”.  It is an “off-dry” wine instead of a “dry” wine but it seemed to have worked fine.

Steps:

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Step 1:  Pick the flowers.. make sure they are open… dry and not already sprayed with weed killer

Step 2:  Put the flowers  (entier… don’t pluck the yellow pedals yet) into vinegar water to wash and hopefully remove all of the bugs.

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Step 3:  Pluck all of the yellow pedals into a bowl.   I had more than 50 grams… I don’t think that the amount has to be that precise.

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Step 4:  Mix sugar, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of white wine, and the juice of two lemons.   Heat mixture using a “low” heat… you don’t want to make caramel.

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Step 5:  Add dandelion pedals and let cook under low heat for 15 minutes.

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Step 6:  Pass through colander (to separate the liquid from the pedals… press the pedals to remove liquid).

Step 7:  In a new pot add 1 cup of water and the drained pedals and bring to a boil.  Pass through the same colander and add the new liquid to the previous liquid.

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Step 8:   Cook liquid (weed juice) for about 20 minutes… again under low heat.

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Step 9:  Place dandelion jelly into jars.

This is how it originally looked.   I thought the dandelion “honey” was to “liquid-y”…. so I cooked it for another hour until it became the consistency of thick honey.  It also darkened and I liked the flavor better… very much like honey.

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While this tastes like honey… I am not sure that it is as good for you as honey… In any case, It is fun to make.  Give it a try… great springtime recipe.

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14 thoughts on “Weekend with Dandelion “Honey” (Jelly)”

  1. My husband’s grandparents used to make dandelion wine. The jelly appeals to me more. You do promise it tastes nothing like the sap in the stems right? That is one of the worst taste memories I have from childhood:(

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  2. I have been making dandelion honey for about 30 years. My dad loved the flavor and moaned about not having any enough that I finally broke down and found a recipe…at Williamsburg of all places. It is really good, very reminiscent of honey and there are no stems or bugs in it (if you cook it right that is) good job!

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  3. Thank you for this! When I was growing up, one of my friend’s grandmothers (who was also a neighbor & old school Vermonter) used to make dandelion wine every spring. Now that I don’t drink, making my own dandelion wine would be kind of silly, but dandelion jelly! Woot! Also, dandelions – the whole plant – are a natural dye that gives a nice sunny yellow. 🙂

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  4. Such beautiful boys 🙂 I love the color in their cheeks as much as I love the color of the darkened dandelion jelly 🙂 Again, what you call “weird”, I call your magical quality….you are so wonderfully-unique and I can only hope to be as engaging in my writing (today, I am adding to my novel-in-progress)….I really admire and look up to you….thanks for sharing 🙂

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      1. I think that has to be the kindest thing I’ve ever heard!!! Being able to uplift someone feels like something I was born to do–I’m so grateful you allow me to do so…you always give me room to be more of the best me–and, it’s as easy as breathing. Thank you, my friend 🙂

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