Updated: Oct 8, 2021
One of our best-selling Jelly's is our Dandelion Jelly. Many customers agree it has the pleasant taste of honey!
To make our dandelion jelly, you will need the following ingredients:
2 cups of lightly packed dandelion petals
4 cups of water
4 cups of sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 box of powdered pectin
You will also need:
A large pot to boil ingredients
Clean Canning jars with rings and new lids (I use 4oz canning jars and it makes about 8)
A water bath canner
A can grabber
A canning funnel
1. Collect at least 4 cups of fresh dandelion flowers, (this is a perfect project for the kiddos)
2. Cut the green part and stem off from the flower and place the petals in a separate container.
3. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
4. Pour the boiling water over the flower petals that are in the mason jar/container. Allow them to cool and then place into the fridge for 24 hours.
After the 24 hours of fridge time, begin by filling your water bath canner to approximately the height of the jars with water and begin heating/boiling the water as it will take a bit of time. (Remember to place the canning rack in the bottom of the water bath canner)
Once the mixture has sat for 24 hours in the fridge, strain the flower/water mixture and squeeze out as much of the water/dandelion tea into a large pot making sure no petals make it into the pot.
Add the lemon juice and pectin into the dandelion tea and bring to a boil.
Add sugar and return contents to a boil while stirring in the sugar.
Boil the jelly mixture for 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove mixture from heat and pour contents into your canning jars using the canning funnel. Fill jars to about a 1/2inch below the lip of the jar.
After jars are filled, wipe the lip of each jar to remove extra residue, place lid and ring on the jars. Tighten the ring on fully then loosen it about 1/4 of a turn.
7. Place jars in boiling water bath canner using the can grabbers with about 1 to 2 inches of water covering the jars. Process for 10 minutes. (Remember if you are at a higher altitude, make sure your research proper boil time as it will be different for you)
8. After you have processed your jelly, take each jar out and let it on your counter (I prefer to place paper towels or a kitchen towel underneath to avoid water on my counters. Let sit for about 24 hours or until the jars are completely cooled.
9. Remember to check the seals on all of your jars and place any that didn't seal in the fridge for use in the next week or so.