This "jelly" does not require the sterilizing and sealing process commonly used for jams and preserves. Simply keep it refrigerated in an airtight container, and enjoy for up to 2 weeks.
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups dandelion blossoms (yellow and white parts only)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons ( 1/2 package) powdered pectin
- 4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Bring water and dandelion blossoms to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a measuring cup, pressing solids. Discard blossoms. (You should have 3 cups of liquid; add water if necessary.)
Combine pectin and 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Bring dandelion liquid and remaining 4 cups sugar to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Add the pectin mixture, stirring constantly to dissolve pectin and sugar. Add lemon juice, and boil for 1 minute. Skim foam from the surface. Let cool slightly.
Pour mixture into an airtight container. Cover with a lid. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Jelly can be refrigerated in the airtight container for up to 2 weeks.