I noticed there were a good number of dandelion blooms in our yard. I figured it was time to start thinking about making dandelion jelly again.
I didn’t think we would get near enough on one round of picking so I looked up the recipe. Since it calls for making a tea from the flower petals and then using the tea to make the jelly, I think I’ll be able to make a batch of tea and freeze it for a week or two until we can make another batch to make up the needed amount.
Yesterday, after the girls woke up from their nap and I checked the recipe, we bundled up since the wind was cool and headed out. I carried a container for the flowers and pulled Caroline in a wagon. Savannah and I started on one side of the yard and systematically worked our way around the house. Travis was even able to join us for a while. Savannah had so much fun spotting and picking the flowers. She was very proud to carry the container in to show Travis how many we had once we were done. This really was a great activity to share with her at this age (3 years old).
Later, I separated the yellow petals from the green parts with help from Travis. We probably ended up with a cup and a half. (We need 4 cups for a full batch.) Right before bed, I poured boiling water over the flower petals in a metal mixing bowl so it could steep over night per recipe suggestion. I look forward to us doing this again to get our full amount.