by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
- 2 cups of dandelion flower petals with green head pinched off
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar
Pick flowers, rinse in sink of cold water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse and pat dry. Place in soup pot and cover with 4 cups of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Cool and place in fridge overnight (up to 24 hours).
- 4 cups of liquid
- Sugar or honey
Take out dandelions out of fridge and stain infused water into a container. Press flowers to get the most of your infusion. Place flowers in compost and put infused water into pot on stove. If you are using sugar add water to bring liquid up to 4 cups.
Use your pectin instructions for amounts –Each brand has a different measurement ratio
Measuring liquid using honey instead of sugar:
If you are using honey, subtract the amount of infused liquid as honey becomes a part of the total amount of liquid. For every cup of sugar you would use or you see listed in a recipe, use 3/4 cups of honey. For example, if you are using 1- 1/3 cups of honey, you would use 2 – 3/4 cups of infused water to make four cups of liquid.
Steam Mason Jars
Remember to put your jars on to steam along with lids while jam is heating to thicken. I used smallest sized mason jars to enjoy as testers. It filled 6 – 8 (1-4 cup size).
Slowly bring ingredients to boil following your pectin instructions and reduce to a soft rolling until ingredients begins to thicken. Skim off thicken liquid leaving the clean amber liquid to pour into your clean heated jars.
Once jars are filled leaving small space between jam and top of jar, cover with mason lid and lightly screw on rim. Set aside and listen for the lids to knock as they seal. Once the mason lid is sealed screw rim tighter.
Leave jam to set and enjoy!
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.