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Wild Dandelion Jelly

Wild Dandelion Jelly is easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
steep time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Condiments, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 ½ pint jars
Calories: 30kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dandelion petals
  • cups water
  • 1 small lemon (juiced and zested)
  • 1 slice fresh orange
  • tablespoon RealFruit Classic Pectin (or 1 package)
  • cups granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Prepare a water bath canner or fill a large pot with water and add six half-pint jars. Bring to a boil and set a timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn off the stove and keep the jars in the hot water until needed. Once you remove the jars, you can add the bands and lids for a few minutes until needed.
  • Using kitchen scissors, snip off the stem and green petals of the blossoms at the base. You only want to use the yellow petals. Give the petals a quick rinse, you don't want to wash away the flavor, or their beautiful color. 
  • Pour cold water into a large pot and add petals, orange slice, and lemon zest. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes; remove from heat. Once the tea is room temperature, pour it into a 1-quart mason jar or another container. Screw the lid on and steep the tea for a few hours or preferably overnight. It does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Strain the steeped tea using a fine-mesh sieve, coffee filter, or my personal favorite, a soup bag. Squeeze all the liquid and flavor out of the petals and citrus, and get every last drop! Discard the flower petals and citrus peels.
  • Measure the liquid and make sure you have 3½ cups of liquid. If not, add some water to bring it up to 3½. Pour the tea back into a large saucepan and add lemon juice, pectin, and sugar, as you whisk. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil, set a timer for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Skim foam, if necessary, then ladle the dandelion jelly into sterilized jars, leaving ¼" headspace. Run a small knife along the edges of the jars to release any trapped air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp cloth or a wet paper towel and hand-tighten the lids. Avoid over-tightening.
  • Add filled canning jars to the canner. Make sure the water level is at least a few inches over the jars. Process the filled jars in boiling water, for a minimum of 10 minutes. Add 5 additional minutes for every 1000'-3000' elevation above sea level.

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Notes

  • Pick the dandelions midday when they are open and choose the largest ones which have more petals, which means you'll need fewer dandelions.
  • The dandelions should be picked from somewhere that has not been sprayed with pesticides or that pets have access to.
  • Lightly rinse the petals after you pluck them from the blossoms. Do not wash the blossoms beforehand. If the blossoms are wet, it will be hard to separate the outer green part from the petals.
  • Some dandelion jelly recipes suggest adding a drop or two of yellow food coloring to make the jelly's color more vibrant. Personally, I don't feel it's necessary.
  • If you garden, add the strained petals and citrus slice to your compost bin.
  • Store open dandelion jelly in the fridge for up to a few months or until consumed.
  • Sealed and processed jars can be stored in the pantry for up to a year.

Nutrition

Serving: 96Tablespoons | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g