To continue onward with the "City Mouse"'s Canning Adventure, we then made Dandelion Jelly. Honestly I thought I would absolutely adore the violet jelly and wondered about the results of the dandelion...I LOVED THE DANDELION more than the Violet!!!
1 quart tightly packed ripe yellow Dandelion flowers
6 cups water
6 cups sugar
2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice (or the juice of one lemon)
1 package Pectin
First, make sure your flowers have not been sprayed, pick and wash. remove the ends, and as much green as possible.
Place petals, water and lemon juice large heavy bottom pot, bring to a boil, then transfer to a bowl. Place a piece of waxed paper over top and refrigerate until morning.
Strain through a sieve, discarding petals
Return to pot, and sugar and bring to a hard boil. Stirring occasionally. Boil for 10 minutes.
Add pectin to the liquid and return to a boil for 5-10 minutes, until it begins to set.
Pour into hot sterile jars, and process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes.
It tastes a bit like honey
To keep the foam down, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter when you add pectin. It could take up to 2 weeks for jelly to set properly. If it doesn't set, makes a great syrup
Pictures courtesy of "City Mouse" (Except the picture OF City Mouse, and the very first flower picture, and petals) To follow her adventures visit : www.thenikiverse.blogspot.com