First, get your toddler in on the action by having her pick lots of dandelions (you'll ultimately need 4 packed cups). Important Tip: Be sure they're from a place that hasn't been sprayed with chemicals and fertilizers!
Then, get started on the jelly and have your child assist you with age-appropriate duties.
You'll need (makes about 4 cups of jelly):
- 4 cups packed dandelion flowers (yellow blossoms only; toss the stems)
- 3 cups water
- 4 cups of sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 box powdered pectin
- a strainer and cheesecloth
To make the jelly:
- Put the dandelion blossoms and water in a pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn down heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour the water and the blossoms through a strainer, pressing on the blossoms to extract all of the liquid. Save the dandelion water and discard the used flowers.
- Strain the dandelion water through cheesecloth and put it in a pan.
- Add the lemon juice, sugar, and pectin.
- Bring to a rolling boil, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Optional: Add yellow food coloring to tint the jelly.
- Adjust the heat so the jelly is still at a low boil, stirring very frequently, for at least 20 minutes.
- Pour into clean jelly jars and seal.
The jelly will last several weeks in the fridge.
Have you ever made dandelion jelly?