We made Dandelion Jelly and it is so good. I know what your thinking yuck but after hearing so many homesteaders saying how good it was Makenzie and I had to try it.
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
In a large saucepan, bring dandelion blossoms and water to a boil; boil 4 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.