Edible Mountain – How To Make Dandelion Jelly

Edible Mountain -  How to Make Dandelion Jelly

Don’t weed those dandelions out of your yard, make them into a tasty treat instead!

Melissa Rebholz from Public Market in Wheeling shows us how to make dandelion jelly, and shares her recipe with us.

Dandelion jelly only uses the blooms, but every part of the dandelion is edible and a rich source of vitamins A, C and K. It also contains high levels of iron, calcium and potassium.

Dandelions are also an important part of the food chain for bees and other pollinators. It’s another great reason to let them grow instead of mowing them down or treating your lawn.

The flavor of the dandelion starts slightly bitter, but the sweetness in jelly balances it out wonderfully. Try making a batch and soon you’ll spreading it on your toast thick in no time!

Edible Mountain is a bite-sized, digital series from WVPB that showcases some of Appalachia’s overlooked and underappreciated products of the forest while highlighting their mostly forgotten uses.

Dandelion Jelly Recipe From Melissa Rebholz

3 cups dandelion blooms (yellow petals only)
4 cups water
1 Box Pomona’s Low Sugar Pectin
2 cups sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 or 1/4 pint canning jars

  • Bring 4 cups water to a gentle boil.  Pour the water over the dandelion blooms in a heat resistant container (a half gallon Ball jar works great). Steep the blooms as you would a tea for 24 hours at room temperature or 48 hours in the fridge.
  • Drain the tea removing the blossoms into a small stock pot. 
  • Follow the directions in the Pomona’s pouch to make calcium water and set aside.
  • Combine sugar and 4 tablespoons of pectin in a small bowl and whisk to combine well. Set aside.
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon and 4 tablespoons of calcium water to the dandelion tea.  Bring to gentle boil over heat.  Slowly whisk in the pectin/sugar while the tea is boiling.  Boil the tea with sugar/pectin for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add vanilla. 
  • <li “=””>Immediately pour into a pitcher to begin filling jars while liquid is very hot.  As you fill each jar to about ¼ inch from the top, put the lid on and invert the jar.   When all the jars are full and inverted, wait 5 minutes and turn them right side up.
  • Let the jars cool and remain in the same place for 12 hours to properly seal.  If a jar doesn’t seal it can be stored in the fridge and used within 30 days.

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