Dandelion Jelly Recipe

I have experimented a lot with canning recipes over the years.

A few years ago, I stumbled upon this jelly recipe.

I couldn't wait to try it.

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This may sound gross but it's actually really delicious.

I'm a fan of using up what I have and not letting things go to waste.

Dandelions are in abundance right now.

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Although they have been given a bad rap as pesky weeds over the years, they do have their good qualities.

My mom used the leaves to make dandelion wine when I was young. I don't remember the details of how she made it. I don't even remember how it tasted. I do remember it being a big hit with her friends though.

The flower, leaves and root of the dandelion are edible. I heard the root has medicinal purposes.

The flower tops are bitter in flavour, however the lemon and sugar takes the bitterness away.

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When choosing your flowers, make sure you find an area you know is not visited by your pets.

You can find them just about anywhere.

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2 cups dandelion flowers

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Zest of one lemon

5 1/2 cups sugar

1 pkg dry pectin

6-250 ml or 3-500 ml canning jars


Place clean jars in a metal pot filled with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Place flower tops in another metal pot filled with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Let cool.

Using a strainer, gently press liquid from flower tops. Strain a second time using a cheesecloth.

Measure 3 cups of the liquid and place in another metal pot.

Add lemon juice, zest and pectin.

Bring to a rolling boil.

Add sugar and stir well.

Stir and boil hard for 1 1/2 minutes or until mixture sheets from a spoon.

Skim the top and pour into jars.

Seal with lids.

Process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes.

When jars have made a popping sound, they should be sealed. Tighten lids when jars have cooled.

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