Welcome to my Spring Series called “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool”. Today’s post is by Sarah from Sarah and Fam about how to make dandelion jelly. Check out her bio below and enjoy reading! Also make sure to check out other posts in this series and guest author bios by clicking on “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool” under Blog in the menu.
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Written by Sarah | May 9, 2018
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My daughter and I were playing outside the other day.. We were having a blast and noticed we had TONS of dandelions in our yard.. What a bother those things are when they completely cover your yard! & they are almost impossible to get rid of.
So why not make lemonade out of lemons.. or rather dandelion jelly out of dandelion weeds? It is a very simple progress, but it does take about a full day!
- 4 cups Fresh Dandelion tops only
- 8 Cups water
- 2-3 tablespoons of real lemon juice
- 1 package of powdered fruit pectin
- 4 cups sugar
- Pick fresh flowers out of your yard- Have the children help here; they can sort by size & count how many they have picked (pick more than you think you will need)
- Rinse the flowers very well. Then peel off the petals. You only want the yellow and white.. Little to no green.– This helps with fine motor skills
- Put the 4 cup dandelion tops and 8 cups water into a pot, bring to a boil, then let cool on counter or in the refrigerator overnight. You should end up with a darkish-yellow-tea.
- Strain the “tea” in a mesh strainer, squeeze out all the water you can. Then continue to run the “tea” through coffee filters or a cheesecloth until there are no longer any bits of anything in your “tea”. When you think it is enough, do it one more time
- You will need 3-3.5 cups of the “tea” if you are under 3 cups add a bit of water to your “tea”
- Add the cooled “tea”, pectin, and lemon juice into a pot, slowly bring to boil then add sugar and slowly bring back to a boil constantly stirring. Boil for about 3 minutes after everything is well mixed.
There are tons of things you can do with dandelions. I honestly never knew they had any other use then for pollinating.
Not only can you use this activity for a cooking class, but you can use it as a lesson about Bees and pollination! There are only 3 types of Bees in each hive. Can you name them?
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