One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dandelion Jelly, Dandelion Root and Fun Mail

I canned this season's first dandelion jelly.  Last year it did not set, and I had to re-boil it.  This year, I used a different recipe, and it set.  Now....we just have to taste it.

I used my Queen Anne's Lace Jelly recipe, but used about 2 cups of dandelion petals.  Next time I will use about a quart of petals and boil them a bit longer.  The kids really liked the flavor this time.

I also cleaned out 2 more flower beds, and pulled all the dandelions (several more to clean out yet).  The roots dried nicely in my dehydrator overnight.  My jar is filling back up.

I entered a blog giveaway, by Nancy Jo and won this apron book.  I can't wait to sew my own this year .....after I shed more pounds.  Thanks Nancy Jo.  It arrived very pretty, wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon.

After Easter, I am focusing on finished up to declutter spots - one bathroom drawer (kids keep messing it up) and one entrance area where boots are in an ugly mess.


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

i want to try this dandelion jelly.
I recently saw someone post dandelion this the same thing?

The Husband has recently mowed and so my dandelion supply is down...I may have to wait.
But I still want to try it!

do you think this would help or hurt someone with allergies. (by helping i mean sort of like local honey does for people with allergies)


Kristina said...

Pat, this is actually jelly that I made. Not the same as syrup. I used my Queen Anne's Lace jelly recipe (also on my blog) and followed it the same only with dandelion petals. I will boil my petals longer next time, and add more to have about a quart of dandelion petals. They kids love this batch I just made.
I'll add the link to the post.

Candy C. said...

I love your book from Nancy Jo and the color of your dandelion jelly is very pretty!

EMMA said...

Dandelion jelly sounds delicious! I love the see-through colour. Do you eat the leaves? my neighbour is crazy about them. I remember my father making dandelion wine when I was younger but unfortunately I didn't get to taste it! Amazing what you can do with a 'so-called' weed.

Kristina said...

We do eat the leaves in salads and in dandelion gravy. Next week I plan to pick some more.

Sam I Am...... said...

Lucky you! that is a very nice book and Nancy Jo is a sweetheart through and through! Let us know when you make something from it. Congrats!