Thursday, January 13, 2022

Dandelion Jelly Canning Recipe

Learn how to make dandelion jelly recipe.  This dandelion jelly canning recipe is easy to make with fresh or dried dandelions, and you can enjoy the taste of summer and sunshine all year round.  

I remember my grandfather would freak out if there was a dandelion in his yard.  He'd grab the sprayer and that was end of the weed.

Now, I love seeing the little yellow flowers.  They mean spring is finally here and summer is coming.

Dandelions also make a tasty meal.  You can eat the entire flower.  People have been eating dandelion greens in salads for many generations.  

I remember my grandmother making dandelion tea and dandelion jelly.  In her day, it was pretty much a necessity to make food from what you could.

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How to Make Dandelion Jelly Recipe

The first time I heard of a dandelion jelly canning recipe, I was intrigued.  I've enjoy canning, and my faux pineapple zucchini canning recipe was an odd recipe that was definitely a winner.

I have also had dandelion tea.  It has a light delicate and almost sweet flavor.  I figured why not use it to make a dandelion jelly recipe?

What Can I Make From Dandelions?

The entire part of the dandelion plant is edible.  However, the stems have a liquid that cause stomach upset if you eat too much.

You can use dandelions to make syrup, tea, salad, ice cream, and dandelion jelly.  I like to make a dandelion flower jelly recipe with the tea.

You can also make a dandelion infused vinegar to use for salad dressing, marinades, and more.

Is Dandelion Jelly Safe to Eat?

Yes, a dandelion jelly recipe low sugar is absolutely safe to eat.  It's a great way to forage for food in your backyard.

Just make sure you use clean dandelions and none that have been sprayed.  Avoid using the stems because it cause an upset stomach.

Dandelion Jelly Benefits

Dandelions have several health benefits.  Here are some of them

  • Improved liver function
  • Detox
  • Natural diuretic
  • Inhibits an enzyme that the body releases to break down fat.
  • Can relieve stomach upset
  • Reduces inflammation


What Part of the Dandelion Do You Use to Make Tea?

This dandelion jelly recipe starts with a tea that you'll make from the leaves.  Technically, you can use the leaves, stems, or roots for a tea, but I use tea from the flowers to make a dandelion flower jelly recipe.

It has a light, sweeter taste that gives better flavor to the dandelion jelly recipe.

Can I Eat Dandelion Out of My Yard?

Yes, you can eat dandelions that grow in your backyard.  Just make sure that they haven't been spray on or ahem used by any dogs or other animals.

If it's not dandelion season, you can also buy dried dandelion flowers to use to make a dandelion flower jelly recipe.

Learn more about foraging with The Herbal Academy's Foraging Course.

What Does Dandelion Jelly Taste Like?

This dandelion jelly canning recipe tastes like sunshine.  It tastes like the start of summer and warmer weather ahead.

Seriously though, it tastes almost like honey.  It's sweet and delicate with a hint of a floral taste.  It's good to have in your emergency food stockpile because you can use it as a sweetener.

What Do You Eat With Dandelion Jelly?

Use this dandelion jelly recipe like you would honey.  It's delicious in the following uses:

  • Spread on toast
  • Top pancakes or French toast
  • Add a spoonful to vanilla ice cream
  • Eat with peanut butter instead of using grape or strawberry jelly
  • Add to plain yogurt
  • Use to sweeten no bake foods

Can You Freeze Dandelion Jelly?

Yes, if you don't want to make a dandelion jelly canning recipe, you can freeze it instead.  Just put it in freezer containers and freeze up to 3 to 6 months.

You can also make the tea and freeze it to make a dandelion jelly recipe later. 

Alternately, you can freeze dried dandelion petals.  Then you can make the dandelion tea and the dandelion jelly recipe later when you have time.

Dandelion Jelly Recipe Low Sugar

You can also make a low sugar dandelion jelly recipe.  For a low sugar recipe, I use Sure Gel Low Sugar.  This cuts back on the sugar and still set up fairly well.  

Ball Real Fruit Low or No Sugar pectin was reformulated and said to work better.  I haven't tried it, but I plan to try it this summer.

I've had some problems with no or low sugar jellies and jams setting up.  I normally make small batches and eat fresh or freeze it.  

Learn how to fix runny jelly that didn't set up right.

Also check out my low sugar strawberry jam.  It's made in the Instant Pot without pectin.

Dandelion Jelly Recipe Tips

  • Use only the flower petals to make a dandelion flower jelly recipe.  The stems and green parts can be bitter.
  • There are dandelion jelly canning recipe instructions, but you can freeze it in freezer containers.
  • Use low sugar or no sugar pectin if desired.
  • You can freeze the dandelion petals until you get enough. 
  • You can also freeze the dandelion tea to make later.
  • One-third of a cup of bulk pectin equals one box of pectin.  However, I can't find bulk low sugar pectin.  I buy the boxes to make a dandelion jelly recipe low sugar.
  • Learn how to sterilize canning jars before making this jelly.

This recipe does not have great details about canning.  If you are new to canning, check out how to can foods for beginners.   Also check out my must have canning supplies.

Also check out why canning lids popped up to see common reasons for a false seal.

I have a free printable for how to fix runny jelly with or without pectin.

Dandelion Jelly Recipe Ingredients

To make this dandelion jelly canning recipe, you will need:

  • Dandelion petals
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Pectin
  • Sugar


Dandelion Jelly Recipe Directions

Step #1

Place 4 cups of fresh dandelion petals in a large bowl.  Cover with 4 cups of boiling water.  Let sit overnight to make tea and then strain out the petals.  Squeeze the petals to get more of the dandelion water out of them.  Discard or compost the petals.

Step #2

In a medium sized saucepan, add the dandelion tea and lemon juice.  You should have about 3 1/2 cups of dandelion tea.

Then sprinkle the pectin over the liquid and stir.  Bring it to a boil while stirring frequently.

Step #3

Add 4 cups of sugar and boil for 2 minutes.  Stir constantly.

Step #4

Ladle the dandelion jelly recipe into prepared jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Run a knife around the edge to remove air bubbles and wipe off the rim.  Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes (or adjusted for your altitude).

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Now you know how to make dandelion jelly!  I hope you enjoy this recipe.

How to Make Dandelion Jelly was originally posted at Koti Beth Designs.

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