DANDELION HONEY

May 6, 2015

Springtime! Finally the first colors start to appear in the landscape. Time to go out and hunt for some dandelions. Dandelion honey is the most delicious treat – made from dandelion, sugar and lemon. You can use it like honey or jam on bread or sweetener on desserts. You will definitely make friends bringing this as a gift!

Do yourself a favor and start with a small amount. It takes me about one hour to remove the green parts and end up with 100g yellow dandelion flower paddles. So make yourself comfortable and start a new audio book – this will take a while!

Collect flowers in full bloom – without any shriveled paddles. The bigger the flower head – the fast you will be when removing the green parts.

DANDELION HONEY

  • 1 l pitcher dandelion flower leaves
  • 1 l water
  • 1 lemon [juice + zest]
  • 500g sugar

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_ collect dandelion flower heads in full bloom [give the wildlife a chance to flee the scene]

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_ cut away all green parts – leaving only the yellow and white flower paddles

_ place in a bowl and add water until just covered [you might need to push them a little to keep them from floating up]

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_ leave for 2 hours

_ transfer to a pot, cover and simmer for 20 minutes

_ remove from heat and let the favors absorb over night

_ next day strain the liquid through a sieve

[if you want your honey to be clear like a jelly strain through a fine meshed cloth, multiple layers of kitchen paper or a coffee filter – if you don’t mind it being a bit murky straining it through a fine meshed sieve will do]

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_ add sugar [half the weight of the liquid], lemon juice and zest

_ bring to a boil

_ simmer until dandelion water begins to thicken [this might take a few hours]

[to check the right texture – transfer a tablespoon of the mixture onto a cold plate and see how you like the thickness – it should be like viscous honey]

[better to end up too runny than with a block of candy – if you feel it is too runny when cold you can always reheat and simmer it a bit longer]

_ transfer to sterile glasses while still hot

_ close tight and keep in a dark spot

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