I was afraid to tell you about this when I did it. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, or what you would think.....
....remember when I made the jelly from violets?
Well, I had a second bag of flowerheads. Yellow ones. They didn't look very promising after that long drive home even though they were packed in the cooler. And the petal infusion looked somewhat dismal. But I gave it a shot and these are the results.
5 jars of Dandelion Jelly
I had a little left over that I put in the fridge, which I tried last night on a slice of "Almost Whole Wheat" bread. Not bad! The flavor is kinda like apple jelly but not quite.
My note for next time is that the flowerheads close up quickly even if kept chilled, so it's best to process this right after picking. And since you have to remove all the green (bitter) parts, there's a LOT more work involved. But it's such a neat thing to give to family or friends.
Would I try more recipes like these? Of course! I'll be more prepared next spring and harvest "wild" crops at or before their peak. (This year I was late.) I'll be trying some different recipes for this summer, too.
* * My Almost Whole Wheat bread was an accident this weekend. I buy flours from the bulk bins and sometimes forget to keep them labeled, so when I thought I was measuring out whole wheat flour, I was really scooping organic pancake mix. But it came out quite nice.
I found my canister of whole wheat flour the next day :)