Dandelion jam recipe
A simple recipe for a tasty use of your freshly-foraged dandelions.
Age Range: all ages
Duration: 3-4 hours
Time Of Day: any time
Category: food outdoors
“One summer, when my five-year-old son saw a field filled with dandelions, he was totally entranced and encouraged the family to collect them to make jam.
He had deep memories of collecting dandelions and making jam over the fire at his outdoor kindergarten the year before. They spent the whole day exploring this wonderful plant, using it to make jam, and the leftovers to create art. His memory and knowledge were phenomenal – remembering many tiny details.” Liz.
Read our dandelion story for more on this experience.
Collect your dandelions – you’ll need 2 carrier bag fulls of dandelion heads to get enough petals. See our Tips for Foraging.
Ensure your jam jars are clean and preferably sterile for longevity.
Place the clean dry jars in a bowl of hot water to keep warm, not allowing any water inside the jars.
Prepare your working area.
Clean and prepare the pans for cooking over a fire or on the hob.
Separate the petals from the dandelion flowers, discarding as much greenery as possible.
Gently twist the petals away from the rest of the flower using your fingers, or trim the heads with scissors.
You will get a few sepals but try to minimize the amount of green you get in your petals.
Cover the petals with boiling water and allow to cool naturally.
Strain the petals using a muslin or coffee filter (we used a sieve then a tea towel).
The liquid left is a dandelion tea which can be drunk neat.
In a pan on a low-medium heat, combine the strained dandelion tea, sugar and lemon juice.
Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring the solution to a full rolling boil.
Add the liquid pectin then, stirring constantly, bring back to a full boil.
Boil for 1 minute.
Remove from the heat and carefully fill the warm jars using a funnel.
Pop on the lids and allow to cool.
Take it further
Dry out the discarded leaves and petals and use them for art projects and models. Waste not, want not.