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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Dandelime jam Reply with quote

A lot of people go to great lengths killing dandelions on their lawn, but I would suggest you let them flower first, then collect before they can run to seed, thus controlling them, and make use of them.

You can always spray with poison afterwards, or go with home made weed killer - IMHO cheaper and safer, at least you know whats in it.


This recipe is based on a traditional French jam made with lemon, I use lime as I prefer the zing they have.
There are two varients I make, a jam and a syrup.

200 gm (2 teacups) Dandelion heads, the green bit removed
200 ml (2 teacups) boiling water
zest of 1 lime
juice of 1 lime
300ml (3 teacups) sugar
1 tsp Pectin (this is already added in jam making sugar)

Place two cups of dandelion heads into a mixing bowl and add the zest of the lime.
Pour two cups of boiling water over.
Leave overnight to infuse.
You can add a few apple peels to help the setting process
After soaking pour the mixture through a sieve to separate all the leaves.
Add the lime juice and bring the mixture to the boil.
Add the sugar and pectin and boil rapidly for 10 minutes, then start checking while it reduces for set point.
After that, pour the mixture into warm sterile jars and waterbath.

The setting and jarring process is explained here
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http://connemaracroft.blogspot.com/2010/08/preserve-production-made-easy.html[/url]
Always date and label.
Once opened, consume within one month.

There is another option, by not adding pectin, you can simply reduce the liquid by about 30% and create a lovely syrup for puddings, toast etc. It is delicious.

More pictures and tips etc as always at the blog

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

exactly which part of the dandelion do you use? the seed heads?
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the flower heads, the yellow petals, the green bits are bitter
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