Dandelion Syrup

Dandelions are in bloom and have been used to different foraging recipes. Remember not to over harvest the flowers and leave some for the bees.

Wash the dandelion flowers really well. Remove all the petals from the dandelion heads. You should have about 2 cups of petals from 50-60 flowers.

Place the petals into a jar, pot or large bowl. Pour 4 cups of hot water over the petals and let it sit on the counter until it is room temperature. Place the cooled tea into the fridge and let it steep for 24 hours.

Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the petals. I left a couple in the tea to give the syrup some texture. In a saucepan, heat the dandelion tea and then add 4 cups of sugar and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Add the package of pectin and let it come to a boil for 1-2 minutes.

In the meantime, boil some mason jars and lids in a large pot. When the jars are hot, remove from the water and fill each jar with the dandelion syrup. Add the lid and place the jar back into the large pot. Boil the jars for another 10 minutes, remove and let it cool on the countertop for 24 hours. Enjoy in tea, or over pancakes!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dandelion petals (about 50-60 dandelion flowers)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 package of powdered pectin

Directions

  1. Wash the dandelion flowers really well.
  2. Remove all the petals from the dandelion heads. You should have about 2 cups of petals from 50-60 flowers.
  3. Place the petals into a jar, pot or large bowl. Pour 4 cups of hot water over the petals and let it sit on the counter until it is room temperature. Place the cooled tea into the fridge and let it steep for 24 hours.
  4. Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the petals. I left a couple in the tea to give the syrup some texture.
  5. In a saucepan, heat the dandelion tea and then add 4 cups of sugar and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Add the package of pectin and let it come to a boil for 1-2 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, boil some mason jars and lids in a large pot. When the jars are hot, remove from the water and fill each jar with the dandelion syrup. Add the lid and place the jar back into the large pot.
  7. Boil the jars for another 10 minutes, remove and let it cool on the countertop for 24 hours.
  8. Enjoy in tea, or over pancakes!

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