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How To Make Dandelion Jelly

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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 too!

This jelly has become a family favorite 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.

Dandelion Jelly text overlaid on a collage photo of dandelion flowers and 3 jars filled with homemade dandelion jelly.

Supplies & Ingredients Needed

  • Dandelion flowers – Freshly picked dandelion blossoms are best. You’ll need enough to give you 2 cups of dandelion petals.
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Pectin – Unlike fruit jellies dandelions don’t have natural pectin to help it set. I prefer to use powdered pectin I find it sets better than liquid pectin.
  • Bowls – You’ll need some small to medium sized bowls to pick the dandelion heads into.
  • Measuring cup
  • Scissors – Scissors for cutting the green bits off the yellow blossoms, or if you prefer you can pull them apart with your hands.
  • Strainer – A fine mesh sieve is handy for straining the flowers later.
  • Canning jars – You’ll need some half pint or pint jars mason jars.
  • Canning funnel
  • Ladle
  • Waterbath canner
Easy Dandelion Jelly Kid's Love To Make It text overlaid on a photo of 3 jars of dandelion jelly.

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.

Cutting dandelion flowers.

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

Removing the green part from dandelion flowers.

I cut it close to the base and then remove any remaining green parts with my fingers, they slide off pretty easy. Then place the yellow petals into a bowl or measuring cup.

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 flower petals removed from the greens.

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 flower tea steeping.

Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the flower petals. Let it sit until it cools down to room temperature then cover with a lid or coffee filter 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. The easiest way to do this is to line a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.

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 in a pot.

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 full rolling boil. Boil the jelly for 1 to 2 minutes and remove 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 rims of the jars 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 hot jars from the canner and place them 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.

Looking for another fun recipe to use dandelions? Don’t miss this easy dandelion syrup recipe.

Why Didn’t My Dandelion Jelly Set?

Dandelion jelly like all jellies can have problems setting if something goes wrong during the cooking process.

It could be that it wasn’t cooked enough or it was overcooked. Don’t miss my guide to fixing runny jelly if yours didn’t set up.

Can I Freeze The Dandelion Flowers?

Yes, if you don’t have time to make a batch of dandelion jelly right away you can freeze the flowers for later use. It’s best to remove the yellow petals and freeze those in a freezer safe bag because the green parts will turn mushy after thawing.

See all my tips on freezing dandelion flowers.

Can I Freeze The Dandelion Tea Liquid?

Yes, I’ve done this many times now when I’m in a hurry. After straining the dandelion liquid pour it into freezer safe bags or containers and freeze until needed. When you’re ready to make homemade dandelion jelly just let it thaw and then continue with the recipe.

More Dandelion Recipes

Dandelion jelly in canning jars.

Dandelion jelly makes a wonderful unique gift idea!

To make it easier for you I made these cute printable labels.

It includes 2-inch sized labels perfect for normal sized jars and 2.5-inch labels for wide mouth canning jars.

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Sample image of canning jar labels. Text overlay says Dandelion Jelly Recipe & Free Printable Labels.

Dandelion Jelly Recipe

A great way to use up a lot of flowers if using pretty bright yellow dandelion flower heads and turning them into homemade dandelion jelly! This traditional recipe has long been used as a honey alternative and is sure to become a family favorite you want to make every year.

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How To Make Dandelion Jelly

Kim
A delicious dandelion jelly that tastes just like honey. This is a must try!
4.50 from 678 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Jams and Jelly
Cuisine American
Servings 5 1/2 pint jars

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

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

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Nutrition information isn’t always accurate, this information is for informational purposes only please consult a nutritionist for more information and guidance.

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Dandelion Jelly Tastes Just Like Honey! text overlaid on a collage photo of dandelion flowers and jars of dandelion jelly.

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Recipe Rating




Linda

Thursday 18th of April 2024

It will not set up. It’s syrup. Followed to the letter. I have to wonder if water bath was necessary and if it didn’t just liquify it

Sherry

Friday 3rd of May 2024

@Linda, I used BerNardin No Sugar Needed Pectin 49g (big box) And I did not need to process the jelly after – just put it into 6 wide mouth mason jars with snap lids. The jelly was setting while I was stirring.

Ashley

Sunday 14th of April 2024

I found how many jars in the description! I should’ve just looked a little more before commenting! Lovely recipe thank you!

Ashley

Sunday 14th of April 2024

Just wondering how many jars this recipe makes?

Rebecca

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Love homesteading and trying to be more selfeficant for my family.

Laura

Monday 8th of April 2024

So much sugar in this, any alternatives for that?