I love dandelions, always have. I loved picking them as a child and smearing their vibrant color on my skin.
As an adult, I love finding different culinary and medicinal uses for them. I have made teas and tinctures, and sautéed their delicious greens. This year I wanted to try something a little more fun, so I decided to make jelly. I wanted to make a beautiful, sunny colored jelly that’s taste would be reminiscent of honey and would smell like spring. I scoured the internet for what I thought would be the perfect recipe and spent the next morning picking a large basket of bright flowers.
It seemed like a simple recipe with few ingredients. I began by snipping off all the green parts and separating these into a bowl.
Then the disaster started. The recipe said to add the sugar, heat and add the whole box of pectin. Pectin. Oh the pectin.
This is where everything went wrong. I added it in, and instead of a smooth golden jelly, I got clumps. Big, brown, ugly clumps. Thankfully, I had enough of the tea left to try again. The second time, it was far from perfect, but I decided since I made it this far, I would go ahead and can it anyway. About a week later, I opened it. It wasn’t pretty, but it smelled like springtime, so a tiny bit of hope remained inside of me. I dipped my spoon in the jar, excited for my first taste. Let’s just say it tasted nothing like I had imagined. The texture was grainy and stiff. Oh, where did I go wrong? Pectin, why do you hate me so?
Now, all I can do it try, try again. Anybody out there have a good recipe?