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 I'm not really celebrating Easter this year, so instead I celebrated spring by making my first batch of dandelion jelly. My recipe:

As written (elderberry jelly):
3 cups tea made from dandelion flowers (yellow parts only) and half a sliced vanilla bean
1 package powdered pectin
1/4 cup lemon juice
4.5 cups sugar
Yield: 4-5 cups

Follow package directions on the pectin for jellies.

What I actually did:
4 cups dandelion tea
1 1/3 packages powdered pectin
1/3 cup lemon juice
6 cups sugar
tiny bit of butter
Yield: 7 cups

Follow package directions on the pectin for jellies. I cooked the other half of the vanilla bean with the juice and pectin, but took it out before adding the sugar.

This recipe is based on the simple fact that my awesome tea steeper, in which I make the dandelion tea, makes four cups at a time, and I didn't want to waste it. It takes about two cups of flowers to get a good tea.

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For red pepper jelly, just use all red peppers.

1 small bell pepper each of red, yellow, and orange; half a jalopeno
1 cup cider vinegar
pinch of salt
5 cups sugar
2 pouches Certo liquid pectin

Chop peppers. Measure out two cups of peppers and juice. Cook with vinegar and salt about ten minutes, until peppers are soft, in a large pot.
Add sugar, stirring. Bring to a rolling boil and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in pectin. Stir for five minutes to ensure pepper pieces are evenly distributed (this never works for me; they always float.) Fill prepared jars, leaving half an inch headspace. Process for five minutes in hot water bath. Allow to cool 24 hours.

If the peppers floated during processing, you can turn the jars occasionally during cooling to redistribute them.

This recipe is not hot. If you want more heat, add in more jalopenos and take out some of the other peppers in a more-or-less even mixture. If you want less heat, leave out the jalopeno entirely. Mind you, the single jalopeno in there doesn't make the jelly particularly hot; just adds a bit of surprise.

I've never tried it with banana peppers instead of yellow; it might work just fine.

June 2017



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