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Delicious Dandelion Jelly Recipe

I kept seeing this recipe on the foraging group I joined, and I thought it would make a fun activity for the kids! I had them pick all of the dandelions, and we tried it out!

Wondering what to do with all those dandelions on your property? Give it a try!

It turned out AMAZING. It tastes a lot like honey and is perfect and refreshing atop a fresh biscuit. It has the texture of jell-O, and would be a perfect replacement for honey in tea if I were to run out.

It requires water bath canning, so make sure you have a water bath canner or a large pot and a rack to place at the bottom to keep your mason jars from directly touching the bottom of the pot.

What are the medicinal benefits of dandelions?

Dandelions are not just those pesky yellow weeds that pop up on your lawn every spring. They are actually a powerhouse of medicinal benefits that have been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. The medicinal properties of dandelions are so potent that they have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. From its roots to its leaves, every part of the dandelion plant is loaded with health benefits.

One of the most well-known medicinal benefits of dandelions is their ability to enhance liver function. Dandelions contain compounds that help to stimulate the production and flow of bile, which in turn helps to detoxify the liver and improve its overall function. This makes dandelions a great natural remedy for liver disorders like hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice.

Dandelions are also rich in antioxidants, which are essential for maintaining good health. These antioxidants help to protect the body from harmful free radicals, which can cause damage to cells and lead to chronic diseases like cancer. In fact, studies have shown that dandelions possess powerful anti-cancer properties that can help to prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells.

Another medicinal benefit of dandelions is their ability to lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. This makes them an excellent natural remedy for conditions like hypertension, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. Dandelions also have diuretic properties, which means they can help to flush excess fluids from the body and reduce bloating.

Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C, K, and iron. These nutrients help to boost the immune system, improve bone health, and promote healthy skin. Dandelion tea is also a popular natural remedy for digestive issues like constipation, bloating, and gas.

The medicinal benefits of dandelions are numerous and diverse. From improving liver function to reducing inflammation and preventing cancer, dandelions are a natural powerhouse of health benefits. So the next time you see those yellow flowers popping up on your lawn, don’t just think of them as weeds – think of them as a potent natural remedy that can help you achieve optimal health.

How To Make Dandelion Jelly

First step is to pick a bunch of dandelions! We used an Easter basket to collect them. Try to rip off the greens as much as you can as you put them in your basket, it saves a lot of time to not need to do that step after you’ve collected a basket full. Trust me. We did that.

Might have been nice to have a pair of scissors to just cut off the tops into the basket. I’ll be doing that next time.

The first step of making Dandelion jelly is actually to make Dandelion tea first (which you can drink on its own!)

How to Make Dandelion Tea

  • 2 cups of Dandelion Petals
  • 4 cups of boiling water

Pour the 4 cups of boiling water over the dandelion petals. Let it cool and set it in the fridge for 24 hours.

Then you place the petals in a cheesecloth and strain and squeeze it really well. Bam! You’ve got tea. You can add sugar/honey and lemon to taste and it’s actually quite good and good for you.

But I wanted to spread it!

Turning Dandelion Tea into Dandelion Jelly

You’ll need:

  • Water Bath Canner
  • Mason Jars, clean rims, and new/unused lids
  • Funnel
  • ~ 4 cups dandilion tea
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. lemon Juice
  • 1 box powdered pectin

Pour your tea it into a large pot, add 2 Tbs. of lemon juice and 1 box of pectin bring to a boil.

Then add 4 cups of sugar stir well and return to a boil. Boil the jelly for 1 to 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Whisk the jelly periodically until cool enough to pour into mason jars.

Pour the jelly into mason jars using a funnel leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Screw the lids and rings on finger tight.

Place the jars in your water bath canner, tops of jars covered by an inch of water, and start timer for 10 minutes after it comes to a rolling boil.

Remove the jars from the canner and place on a towel. Allow them to sit undisturbed for 24 hours to let the seal harden.

Decorate and Label Your Jars!

At the very least, you’ll want to put some tape on your jar and write “Dandelion Jelly” and the date with a sharpie.

But I ended up using cute little labels and printing out some stickers with my Cricut! It was a lot of fun and just added to the cuteness of the project.

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