Naturally Fermented Dandelion Wine Recipe

All the lovely scientific information you may wish to read is available to research on line.  This is the basic and simple recipe I used that created enjoyable results for me.

Equipment

  • Bean Crock Pot
  • Strainer
  • Measuring Cup
  • Kitchen Pot
  • Cheese Cloth or Cotton
  • Balloons
  • Bottles & toppers

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Dandelion Flower Heads
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 Orange ( 1 tablespoon Zest, 1/4 cup juice & slices)
  • Lemon (1 tablespoon Zest)
  • Lime (1 tablespoon juice)
  • Handful Raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, dried or fresh
  • Cloves

 #1 – Freshly Picked Flower Head Preparation

After picking the flower heads they must be washed and then pick off as much of the green base as possible.  This is an important step as the green base of the flower petals creates a strong bitter flavour that overpowers the petals.  Once the flower petals are ready add them to crock pot with water and let steep for 24 hours.

I rinse Dandelion Flower Heads in my homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Bath followed by a freshwater bath

#2 – Prep with the ingredients

After the flower petals have rested in water for two days, place them in a clean pot bringing water back up to 4 quarts adding sugar, citrus zests, orange & lime juices, raisins cloves and ginger.  Bring this mixture to a soft boil for up to an hour.

#3 – Crock Pot to Ferment 

(I leave flower petals in ferment however one can filter them out before adding mixture to crock pot)

After cooking to infuse the mixture for an hour pour back into the crock pot and cover with orange slices.  Cover the crock pot with cotton and put pot aside in cool dark space to rest and infuse.

#4 – Fermenting complete

Once the fermenting process is complete (stops bubbling) this brew can be filtered through cheesecloth or strainer and poured into bottles.  These bottle can be put away for 6 months to age before drinking them.

If one is uncertain about the fermentation process being complete a balloon can be placed over the bottle to observe if it expands.  If it expands it is still fermenting.  Leave ballon on until fermentation stops before corking.

#5 – Enjoy or give as gifts

Once the bottle has rested enjoy or gift away as gifts during the holiday season.


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.

Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Eating Dandelion Flower’s & Infusing in Oils

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

 

 

A focus this spring has been on Dandelion Flowers.  As they emerge with their bright colours you can’t help but notice them!  Did you know they were edible and nutritious.  Each flower you get a hit of it’s goodness.  Some ways to enjoy them are by making:

  • jelly – infuse and follow your jelly recipe (I used honey instead of sugar)
  • pancakes – just add to you cake in the pan when cooking
  • tempura – my favorite, coat flower and cook in oil
  • infusing in oil – used olive oil in mason jar
  • infusing in vinegar – used wine vinegar in mason jar
  • infusing in alcohol – used 100% vodka

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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.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

Dandelion Jelly

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

 

Stage One

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dandelion flower petals with green head pinched off
  • 4 cups water
  • 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).

Stage Two

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of flower infused liquid
  • Sugar or honey following pectin instructions (for firmer jelly use higher amount of sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon
  • 1 pkg of Pectin

Strain dandelion flowers out of liquid and press flowers to get the most of your infusion. Place flowers in compost and heat infusion.  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).

Instructions:

Add lemon & pectin to infusion and bring to boil.  Add sugar to dissolve and bring back to a boil.  Reduce heat 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!

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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.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

Dandelion Natural Facial Mask!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Picture by Renee Lindstrom

Ingredients for Facial Mask

Pick a few Dandelion Flowers and mix with a couple table spoons of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey.  I use a wild-crafted infused honey and natural rested homemade yogurt.  Mix in the blender.  Once blended apply mixture to your face and neck, leave for 25 to 30 minutes and enjoy experiencing some wonderful sensations.  It begins with a cool and refreshing sensation and becomes a tightening agent.

Picture by Renee Lindstrom

Dandelion, Yogurt and Honey Facial Mask

  • Why use Dandelion Flowers for a facial mask?  

Applied topically it is great for combating aging skin and leaves it soft and supple.  It is helpful for reducing acne and blemishes.

Dandelions have skin friendly minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron which supports healthy skin along with flavanoid compounds that protect the skin from environmental threats and harmful effects of the sun.  Dandelion is also a source of Vitamins A, C, E and K,  folate and choline.

 

After using this recipe myself I find my skin tighter.  I applied to my face and neck and found it instantly refreshing and alive.  After a number of minutes it began to harden and tighten. Easy to make, apply and wash off.  

Other suggestions:

Drink a cup of Dandelion Flower Tea a day or prepare a daily water infusion to drink through the day and rejuvenate your skin from the inside out!

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds

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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.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000