Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh honey!

So sticking with my theme, I decided to make dandelion honey today! I've never made it before so today's honey will be a test. I went into my yard and gathered 2 cups worth of flowers and got to separating petals from stem. While doing that - I made this super short stop motion video:

I put my petals into a saucepan of water, along with half a vanilla bean and some lemon slices and let it boil. At the moment it is steeping. I'm so excited to see how it turns out!

Here was the recipe I used:


4 cups dandelion petals
4 cups water
3 (1/4-inch) thick slices lemon
1/2 vanilla bean, split in half
2-1/8 cups granulated white sugar

Pick dandelion flowers during the daylight while in full bloom, remove petals, then measure petals only.

Place petals in a heavy saucepan along with the water, lemon slices, and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 hours.

Strain dandelion tea through cheesecloth and discard solids. Place in a heavy saucepan and bring to a low boil. Gradually add sugar while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat and let simmer to desired syrupy thickness (may take up to 4 hours).


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