How To Make Dandelion Jelly

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Dandelion jelly is simply amazing! It tastes just like honey with a hint of lemon. We just love this on toast, biscuits and even as a sweetener for herbal teas! |

Dandelions do you love them or hate them?  You can spend a lot of money trying to eliminate them from growing in your lawn, while other people think they are beautiful.  Myself I love dandelions!  I don’t see them as a pest at all rather a beautiful and helpful herb.

Do you know that you can make a lovely jelly from dandelion flowers?  Yes really you can and it’s so easy to make dandelion jelly to!  This jelly has become a family favourite of ours because it tastes just like honey with just a hint of lemon.  We use it on toast, biscuits, and even in tea as a replacement for honey sometimes.

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I love dandelion jelly! This is such a easy jelly recipe for beginner canners. Enjoy making this fun and unique flower jelly with your kids. Step by step photos makes this the perfect unusual jelly to get started with. It tastes just like honey and is sure to be enjoyed!

How To Make Dandelion Jelly

Dandelions in a bowl |

The first thing you will need to do is of course, gather the dandelion flowersYou want just the flower heads and not the stems.

This is a great job to get kids helping with!  After all, they love picking flowers anyway right?  Make sure to gather your flowers in an area that is clean, not near the side of the road or where pets have been kept.

Cut dandelions |

After you’ve picked a nice sized bowl of dandelion flowers you need to cut off the green part of the flower.

cutting dandelions |

I cut it close to the base and then remove any remaining green parts with my fingers, they slide off pretty easy.  I’ve always been told that it can make the jelly bitter if you leave the green parts on so I removed them to be on the safe side.

Dandelion flowers |

After you’ve measured out 2 cups of the flower petals it’s time to make the dandelion tea. Yes, I said tea! You first need to steep the dandelion flower petals to make a tea and then you turn that liquid into jelly

How To Make Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea steeping |

Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the flower petals.  Let it sit until it cools down then cover and place it into the fridge for 24 hours.

Strained dandelion flowers |

After it’s finished steeping strain it well and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.  Now at this point your tea will smell a bit “grassy” but don’t worry!  Once it’s cooked it will taste so good really like honey with a dash of lemon.

Cooking Dandelion Jelly

dandelion-tea |

Measure out 3 1/2 to 4 cups of liquid and pour it into a large pot, add 2 Tbs. of lemon juice and 1 pouch of powdered pectin bring this to a boil.  Then add 4 cups of sugar stir well and return to a boil. Boil the jelly for 1 to 2 minutes and removed from the heat.

Pour the jelly into hot canning jars leaving 1/4 inch of headspace.  Run a spatula around the inside edge to remove any air bubbles.  Then wipe the edge of the jar clean and place the lids and rings on finger tight.

Place the jars in a water bath canner and process for 10 minutes or according to your altitude.  Remove the jars from the canner and place on a towel.  Allow them to sit undisturbed for 24 hours to let the seal harden.  Any jars that haven’t sealed need to be put in the fridge to use first or reprocessed.

Dandelion jelling in canning jars |

Dandelion Jelly Recipe


How To Make Dandelion Jelly

A delicious dandelion jelly that tastes just like honey. This is a must try!

  • Author: Kim Mills @ Homestead Acres
  • Prep Time: 00:30
  • Cook Time: 00:12
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1/2 pint jars


  • 2 cups dandelion petals
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 box powdered pectin


  1. Cut the green part of the flower off and place the petals into a quart canning jar.
  2. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the flower petals. Allow them to cool and then place into the fridge for 24 hours.
  3. Strain the flowers well and squeeze out as much dandelion tea as possible.
  4. Place into a large pot 3 1/2 to 4 cups of dandelion tea, lemon juice and pectin. Bring it to a boil.
  5. Add sugar and return to a boil while string. Boil the jelly for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and pour into canning jars. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath canner or according to your altitude.


Dandelion jelly is simply amazing! It tastes just like honey with a hint of lemon. We just love this on toast, biscuits and even as a sweetener for herbal teas! A very easy flower jelly recipe to make. #Canning #JellyRecipes

Would you like to try another flower jelly?  This violet jelly is simply amazing!

Violet Jelly |


Kim Homestead Acres

Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.

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  • Skip The Bag says:

    This looks delicious! Now want to go on a hunt for dandelions to make this as I just realized it is the one flower (or weed) that we don’t have in our yard. Thanks for posting it on the #sustainablesunday link up!

  • I have never heard of Dandelion Jelly, and I can’t wait to try it! I’m fascinated by this and since it tastes like honey, I’ve got to use this recipe. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! #SustainableSundays

  • DIYDanielle says:

    This is so neat! I feel like all of our dandelions are mostly gone this year, but next year I’m going to go nuts and have the kids collect them all. Thanks for linking up to #SustainableSundays!

  • […] The most popular post that I shared during the past year was about making dandelion jelly! I have to say this is one of my personal favourite posts as well. My children and I had so much fun picking all the dandelion flowers and making this unique and delicious jelly.  I can’t wait until spring so we can make more.  Click here to see how you can make dandelion jelly too! […]

  • Kim Marie says:

    I’m in the UK and have never heard of a water-bath canner. Can this be made by boiling the tea mixture for a certain amount of time instead?

    • Kim says:

      The water bath canner is used to boil the jars after they’ve been filled with the jelly. You can use any pot that is deep enough so that the water covers the jars. Oh, and make sure to put something on the bottom of the pot so the jars don’t touch the bottom and brake. You can use a wooden cutting board, or even twist tie some jar rings together to make a trivet.

      Does that help?

  • Anne Wingate says:

    I have never made dandelion jelly, but I LOVE dandelion tea. This is the first time I have seen it mentioned online. You’d think everybody would try it.

  • Holly says:

    I tried this recipe with my 4 and 6 year old. It turned out great and tasted good! My husband was surprised how well it tasted! Will definitely be making this many more times.

  • Krystal says:

    I missed my opportunity to make dandelion jelly this spring. I was upset that I did, but I’ll be tackling it next year! I am beyond curious as to how it tastes… I’m sure it’s divine! Here’s to hoping that the dandelions are as profuse next year as they were this year! I enjoyed this read!

    Krystal, Three Wondrous Acres