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RWS

How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly
« on: June 20, 2021, 09:43:54 AM »
To a non-prepper, dandelions are weeds that should be destroyed. However, preppers know that dandelions can be used to make tasty and nutritious beverages and dishes. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com)

The entire dandelion plant is edible, from its bright flowers to its roots. You can harvest dandelions in early spring or late fall. Only harvest dandelions from areas that you know haven’t been treated with herbicides. When foraging dandelions on public lands, assume they’ve been sprayed unless you have confirmed it.

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RWS

Re: How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2021, 10:15:07 AM »
Dandelion tea recipe
You can make tea using all parts of a dandelion plant. Below are recipes for dandelion tea made from flowers, leaves and roots.
Tea made from the flowers is slightly sweet and the leaves make a soothing beverage that tastes like green tea. Tea made from roasted dandelion roots makes a rich tea that you can drink as a coffee substitute.
Dandelion tea made from fresh flowers
Ingredients for 1 serving:
•   10 Dandelion flower heads
•   8 ounces of water, freshly boiled
Preparation:
1.   Remove the green base from the flower heads. This ensures that the tea doesn’t taste bitter.
2.   Place the dandelion flowers in a small teapot, then cover with the freshly boiled water. Let the tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Dandelion tea made from roots
Use dandelion roots that you’ve dried and chopped. Toasting the roots will make the tea taste like coffee.
To roast dandelion roots, place a pan on medium heat. Stir frequently until the roots turn golden brown.
Ingredients for 1 serving:
•   1 Tablespoon of dandelion root
•   8 Ounces of water
•   Milk or non-dairy alternative (Optional)
•   Cinnamon (Optional)
•   Nutmeg (Optional)
Preparation:
1.   Dandelion roots must simmer on the stovetop briefly to release their beneficial compounds. Instead of pouring boiling water over the chopped dandelion root, cook it over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
2.   If you’re going to make more than one serving, use one tablespoon of dandelion root for every eight ounces of water. You can refrigerate the dandelion root tea for several days.
3.   To make a sweeter tea, add a bit of milk and top with cinnamon or nutmeg.

RWS

Re: How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2021, 10:17:03 AM »
Dandelion salad recipe
This recipe pairs dandelion leaves with a flavorful garlic dressing.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
•   2 Cups of dandelion leaves, rinsed and dried
•   1 Tablespoon of avocado oil
•   2 Teaspoons of chopped garlic scapes (Or a half clove of garlic, minced)
•   1 Teaspoon of lemon juice
•   1 Teaspoon of raw honey
•   1/4 Teaspoon of pepper
•   1/4 Teaspoon of sea salt
•   Dandelion flowers, rinsed and dried, for garnishing
•   Slices of radish, for garnishing
Preparation:
1.   Whisk the avocado oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl to make the dressing. Add salt or pepper to taste.
2.   Place the dandelion greens in the bowl and toss to combine. Serve topped with radish slices and dandelion flowers as garnish.

RWS

Re: How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2021, 10:19:54 AM »
Dandelion jelly recipe
This recipe for dandelion jelly tastes just like honey, with a lemony kick. When you’re done, you’ll have enough jelly to fill five half-pint jars.
Ingredients:
•   2 Cups of dandelion petals, lightly packed
•   4 Cups of water
•   4 Cups of sugar
•   2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
•   1 Box of powdered fruit pectin
Preparation:
1.   Remove the green parts of the flowers. Place the petals into a quart canning jar.
2.   Pour four cups of boiling water over the flower petals. Set them aside and let them cool before refrigerating for 24 hours.
3.   Strain the flowers and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
4.   Place three and 1/2 to four cups of the dandelion liquid, lemon juice and pectin. Bring the mixture to a boil.
5.   Add sugar and return to a boil while stirring the mixture. Boil the jelly for one to two minutes.
6.   Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it into the canning jars. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath canner or according to your altitude.
7.   If you have dandelions in your garden or backyard, harvest them to make a soothing cup of tea, some jelly, or a nutritious salad.
8.   Visit Ingredients.news to learn more about dandelions and other superfoods you can use to make healthy dishes.
Sources include:
     ModernSurvivalBlog.com
     Healthline.com
     HealthyGreenSavvy.com
     RaisingGenerationNourished.com
     Homestead-Acres.com

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Re: How to make dandelion tea, salad and jelly
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2021, 03:53:22 PM »
They also make an excellent wound care salve and are the single best green thing you can feed to your poultry!
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