Dandelion Jelly Recipe
- 2 cups dandelion blossoms
- 4 cups water
- 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
- 5-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange or lemon extract
- 4 to 6 drops green food coloring, optional
- 1. In a large saucepan, bring dandelion blossoms and water to a boil; boil 4 minutes.
- 2. Line a strainer or colander with four layers of cheesecloth or one coffee filter; place over a bowl. Place dandelion mixture in prepared strainer. Strain mixture, reserving 3 cups liquid. Discard blossoms.
- 3. In a Dutch oven, combine pectin and reserved dandelion liquid. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- 4. Remove from heat; add extract and, if desired, food coloring. Skim off foam. Ladle hot liquid into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
- 5. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: about 6 half-pints.
Editor’s Note: Verify that dandelion blossoms haven't been treated with lawn-care chemicals. The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
2 tablespoons: 97 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 24g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Reviews for Dandelion Jelly
"I have made this for a couple of years. I use one each of lemon and orange and no food colouring. Everyone loves this jelly."
"I liked this recipe, a honey-tasting jelly as the description called it. I made only half and I lessened the amount of orange extract by less than half called for, which turned out well according to my tastes. I did not color the jelly & followed some other instructions: removing most of the green part, so that it wouldn't be bitter and instead of boiling the flowers and water, I poured boiling water over the yellow flower petals and let it sit for 24 hours. A nice way to bridge the gap until some of the more standard jam recipes become seasonal."