Thursday, July 19, 2012
We were caught up in an odd urge to make dandelion jam the other day. We followed the recipe on the above site.
It only took me & the 2 boys less than 10 min to pick enough. Getting the green parts off, so I'd have just the yellow left is another matter. That is tedious! I was doing it by myself & it took me an hour to get the 4 cups necessary!
I was quite nervous about tasting it. Honestly, I'm not a big vegetable lover. But this stuff was GOOD. It was kind of like honey, but with a bit of tart. The word to that came to my mind is that it tasted like summer! After the work was done & we tasted it, I thought it was worth all the work. Probably even more so to open some of this on a cold winter day!
I love that I can make this with something that grows free all around. Now I'm debating...I spend a lot of money every summer on weed-b-gone trying to get rid of the dandelions in the lawn. But my rabbits love dandelions, & now we do too. But am I quite ready to turn the lawn over to them? I'm just not sure!
I did have one trouble with the recipe. The jam didn't jell. I've never had that happen before. Looking online, it seems to be a common problem with dandelion jam. I tried some online instructions for adding more pectin, & that didn't work either. So I was left with tasty dandelion syrup (using recipe posted above). I finally tried the instructions in the pectin for adding another box if it didn't set. This worked, but it was a much smaller amount of jam than your usual recipe. I'll try it again when I'm up to doing the dandelions again; I think I'll double the pectin in the recipe & see if that works.
For some reason I found making this to be hugely satisfying. I'm so glad we did it & excited to share it!