Learn how to make Dandelion jelly, and you will smile when you look at those dandelions growing on your lawn.

Dandelion jelly is easy to make, and is a wonderful and nutritious jelly to share.

Harvest the dandelions when they are in full bloom, from a safe and organic area that has not been sprayed.

Pick the blooms when they are open and dry. It won’t take long to harvest a small basket full of dandelion blooms.

Pull the petals off the flowers while they are still fresh, avoiding the green base and leaves which will contribute to a bitter taste.

For this recipe pick 4 cups of loose dandelion petals, which are equivalent to 2 cups of packed petals.

Add 4 cups of boiling water to the dandelion petals and steep for 24 hours to make a  dandelion tea.

After soaking, strain the dandelion tea. Then add the  tea, 7.5 cups of sugar, and 2 tbsp of lemon juice to a pot and bring to a boil on high heat.

Boil until the mixture reaches a hard boil stage, then time the hard boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add 2 envelopes of liquid pectin.– Stir for 5 minutes.

Pour the jelly into sterilized jars to within 1/4 inch from the top of the jar, and add lids. Place into a water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Set the jars aside on your counter where they will be able to finish setting without interference.

Eat dandelion jelly as you would eat any other sweet jelly, on a bagel or on a piece of toast for a delicious treat.

Dandelion jelly contains beneficial compounds. The flowers contain phenolic acids and flavonoids, which have beneficial properties.

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