If you don't already know, is delicious. Trust me.
But it takes a little effort to make. This is the probably the only time in my life I wished I had human children who I could force to pick dandelions for me. My children loving picking dandelions and would gladly help me, but they'd eat every single one!
First you need to pick dandelions, but just the blossoms, not the stems. I picked about 8 cups. 10 would be better, but I'd say pick at least 7-8 cups.
Next remove the stem from the blossoms - just cut them off with scissors and save your petals. If you want to get crazy, you can pick all the green parts away from the yellow petals but it will take you probably 3 days and you'll loose your mind in the process. I find that they do not affect the jelly in a bitter way at all. Even if they did, you'll add plenty of sugar and never notice it anyway.
Then wash your hands because they will be a sticky mess...
Once the stems are removed...
pour 6 cups of boiling water over your reserved petals and let steep for a few hours. The longer the better. I usually let mine go for about 3 hours. You could do this overnight if you wanted, but it doesn't need to be that long. If you are in a hurry just wait until the water comes to room temperature.
If you've never made dandelion jelly before, now is when you'll be surprised. The dandelion "tea" smells just like honey.
Strain your steeped petals by placing a jelly strainer or colander lined well with cheesecloth over a large bowl. Pour everything through and reserve only the clear liquid.
Now you are ready to make the jelly.
For the jelly
3 cups dandelion tea
4 cups sugar
1 package of powdered pectin
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Bring all ingredients to a boil for 2 minutes then ladle into sterilized canning jars.
Process in your water bath canner for 10 minutes.. and voila!
It's so pretty but it's also so darned delicious. It's like honey jelly. It's actually quite addicting.
In other news... Jackson was a very happy boy today...
He got out on some grass for the first time this spring! I managed to brush him a bit but there is enough hair on him right now for me to create two other miniature horses.
I managed to plant an absolute ton of seeds, pimentos, hot peppers, sweet peppers, Poblano peppers, cayenne peppers, multiple flowers, several herbs, summer squash, tomatoes... and I'll do more tomorrow.
Kevin got the garden rototilled and also got all our hoses hooked up to the garden and on the decks for my pots.
Now, I've gotta run... tonight is the height of the meteor shower thanks to Halley's comet, and I need to go outside with my star map in hand and watch :)