Dandelion jam recipe

July 12, 2017

A simple recipe for a tasty use of your freshly-foraged dandelions.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: 3-4 hours

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: spring

Tags: dandelion, flower, food, food prep, foraging, jam, recipe, tea

Category: food outdoors

Introduction

“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.

Preparation

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.


Step 1

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.

picking dandelion petals

You will get a few sepals but try to minimize the amount of green you get in your petals.

Cutting dandelion petals

Step 2

Cover the petals with boiling water and allow to cool naturally.

dandelions petals steeping in a bowl

Step 3

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.

straining dandelion petals

Step 4

In a pan on a low-medium heat, combine the strained dandelion tea, sugar and lemon juice.

Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

sugar, bottle of pectin and a jug of juice

Step 5

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.

dandelion petals in water in a pan

Step 6

Remove from the heat and carefully fill the warm jars using a funnel.

Pop on the lids and allow to cool.

jar of dandelion jam