Toddler Activity: Make Dandelion Jelly

Suzanne Murray
Toddlers & Preschoolers
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dandelion jelly recipe
Flickr photo by Sara Bjork
Got dandelions? Make jelly. This recipe comes from Jen Clapp of Common Ground Farm in New York.

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.

Dandelion Jelly

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.

Yum!

Have you ever made dandelion jelly?

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