Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Liquid Gold...


Have you ever looked out your window at all the dandelions and asked yourself if there was something more you could do with them? Our dog Hollie uses them for camoflauge from the cat. LOL!

I was visiting my friend's blog, The Blessed Hearth, (again), and found a great recipe for dandelion jelly. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing it with you. I have never heard of dandelion jelly. Have you? Well, I thought it would be a fun thing to try, so yesterday my granddaughter and I went out and picked some dandelions.


Then we plucked the yellow part out until we had 4 cups.


My husband even helped us with the plucking. Many hands make light work!



Such concentration! She loves to help.

Once we had the 4 cups of dandelions all measured out, we put them into a bowl, poured 4 cups of boiling water over them, and let them sit overnight. In the morning I strained them through a coffee filter into a large pot, until I had 4 cups of dandelion juice. You'll need to squeeze REALLY hard to get all the juice from them. I was able to get 3 2/3 cups. You can add up to 1/2 cup of boiling water to get all 4 cups of juice.  





 

I added 8 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the dandelion juice, and brought it to a full rolling boil for 2 minutes.

 

Then I added 2 packets of liquid Certo and boiled for another 2 minutes.


You'll need to skim off the foam that forms on the top.

 

Then pour the liquid gold into clean, hot jars, place lids on, and seal.



I know that everyone has the dandelions, but if you have the time to make this jelly, you really should. It's so delicious! I may have to make another batch to give as gifts! 

If you enjoy this recipe, please be sure to visit Faye at The Blessed Hearth for more. I don't know where she gets all these great recipes, but she is brilliant! Thank you, Faye!

Blessings,
Julie

1 comment:

  1. Hi Julie I was down to get some rhubarb but you weren't home. I did get some and I'm now making fayes jam. I made dandelion jelly two years ago and got first place at the fair with it.
    Have a great day. Janice

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