How to make jam with dandelions and cannabis

Published Jun 4, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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The temperature is very quickly climbing, and that results in fields upon fields on dandelions which can get pretty annoying year after year, but that’s only because you haven’t figured out how to use these tasty little morsels to the best of your ability. Most dandelions recipe options include wine, salads, or cold dishes, that utilize the bright green leaves to transfer the delightful flavors, but this one uses only the bright yellow petals which results in a bright yellow dandelion jelly.

Preparing the petals for this dandelion’s recipe

The very first thing that you’ll need to do before you get started on making some dandelion jelly for yourself harvests a whole bunch of the freshest looking flowers you can find. You’ll want dandelions with bright petals that have no visible browning or damage for the best results, and you are going to need 4 whole cups of them, so if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get picking.

Once you’ve gathered the perfect flowers for your dandelion jelly, you will need to pluck out the petals as gently and quickly as possible. This is a time-consuming task, as moving along too fast will break the petals rather than pulling them out whole, which will ultimately make it so that harvesting and preparation require more flowers, taking longer to finish.

Make sure that you have only the petals and dispose of all of the green materials, as the stems and leaves can leave behind a bitter aftertaste that can ruin this perfect spread. You’ll then need to rinse the petals, and give them time to dry, and only then will you be ready to move on to how to make jam with them, because if they aren’t, the excess liquid will make your delicious spread a bit too watery.

Cannabis-infused dandelion jelly

Whether you’re in search of a sweet and unique topping idea for a scoop of vanilla ice cream or waffles, or you want a light and mouth-watering spread that is perfect for toast in the morning, this dandelions recipe fits the bill, and the best part is that the main ingredient is free and plentiful in most backyards, which makes it economical too.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Calories: 93

Servings: 4 medium jars of spread

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups dandelion petals
  • 3 ¼ cups of water
  • 1.7 ounces of powdered fruit pectin
  • 3 tablespoons cannabis-infused oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring

Tools

  • Large pot
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Sealable glass mason jars
  • Metal pot rack

Instructions

  1. Add the water to a large pot and warm it up over a burner set to medium heat.

  2. Once the liquid begins to boil, toss in 2 cups of dandelion petals and then reduce the heat and leave it to simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Use a strainer to remove the petals, but hold onto that delicious dandelion infused water, and put it back into the pot before moving to the next step.

  4. Repeats steps 2 and 3 until all of the dandelion petals have been steeped.

  5. Pour 3 cups of the dandelion infused water into a measuring cup, and if there isn’t enough to fill the measuring tool to the 3-cup line, then add enough water to make it 3 cups of liquid.

  6. Now dump the 3 cups of liquid back into the pot along with the lemon juice, pectin, and food coloring.

  7. Bring the mixture to a bubbling boil over medium heat, stirring the ingredients frequently to avoid scalding.

  8. Remove the pot from the heat, and if you notice a thin layer of foam, then you’ll need to scoop it off the top with a spoon to remove it.

  9. Add the cannabis oil to the mix and give it another good stir before separating it into the mason jars, and make sure to leave at least 1 inch of breathing room in each container.

  10. Put the lids on the jars and set the metal rack into the bottom of the pot.

  11. Scatter the glass jars on the rack and then fill the pot with enough water that it covers the jars by at least 1 inch.

  12. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil over medium heat and maintain that temperature for 7 minutes.

  13. Remove the jars from the water and leave them to cool on a wood or cloth-covered surface.

Your cannabis-infused dandelion jelly is now done and ready to enjoy or store away for later.

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