I adore this spring – summer time. There are so many gifts that nature gives us, we just have to search for them. With a little effort, you can have delicious jams, juices,…I often give it as a present to my family and friends. Organic food is IN and often can be expensive.
Let me show you how I made today a dandelion juice. It has its specific taste but is refreshing and healthy.
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You will need:
- 400 yellow dandelion flowers
- 3 liters of cold water
- 4 lemons
- 4 oranges
- 2 kg of sugar
Pick about 400 yellow dandelion flowers.
Pour them with 3 liters of cold water, add sliced 1 lemon and 1 orange, squeeze the rest of 3 oranges and 3 lemons into a juice and add it too.
Leave for 24 hours.
Then strain through gauze so that no crumbs remain and transfer the liquid to the pot. Add 2 pounds of sugar and, stirring frequently, cook for about an hour and a half after the liquid has boiled. You should get thicker syrup.
Then reduce the heat and pour the resulting hot syrup into warm jars that you have previously sterilized. Close. The syrup has a denser texture, so it is often called honey.
I have used glass bottles from previous juices we drunk so I didn’t have to buy them.
The juice is ready for use. Juice should be diluted with water (like you make a lemonade)!
What other ways can you use dandelion
- Dandelion flower tea
- Dandelion root tea
- Dandelion leaves (chicory) for salad
- Dandelion honey
Sterilization of glass bottles – jars
Wash your bottles as usual and after that go to the next step – sterilization
A popular way to sterilize jars is by boiling in boiling water for 10-15 minutes just before filling with the juice. This way, all germs that can cause spoilage are destroyed. You can also sterilize the jars in the oven by washing and opening them in a preheated oven at 200 ° C for about 5 minutes or at 150 ° C for about 10 minutes or at 100 ° C for half an hour.
If you don’t have reusable glass bottles, you can Buy it here.
If you have some questions, feel free to ask me in the comment section bellow.