We were out foraging in the backyard for lamb’s quarter and dandelions when one of my daughters suddenly said, “I wonder if you could eat dandelion Jell-O”. Turns out, you can. So, here’s a recipe for Dandelion Gelatin.
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If you’re new to foraging, dandelions are a great place to start. Dandelions are:
- Easy to spot
- Bloom early in the spring until the late fall
- Are an ethical forage since they grow so abundantly
- Versatile in the kitchen
- Loved by children and bees alike
To learn more about the specifics of how to forage, best practices, equipment, etc. – click here.
Have your sunshine and eat it, too, with this dandelion gelatin recipe. Forage fresh dandelions and use wholesome honey for a healthy treat.
- 2 Cups Dandelion Flower Tea* OR 1 Cup Dandelion Tea Plus One Cup Organic Apple Juice
- 2 Tblsp Organic Beef Gelatin flavorless
- 1/4 cup raw sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- Dash of Turmeric for color - optional
Put the tea* Or the tea/juice combination into a saucepan.
Add gelatin and let bloom**; stir in to combine.
Bring to a simmer on medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes - don't let it go too long or will get clumpy.
Add honey and test sweetness until it makes you happy.
Place into gelatin mold, ice cube tray, glass baking dish, whatever!
Refrigerate for 4-6 hours OR for better results, leave in fridge overnight.
*To make a simple dandelion tea, gather 2-4 cups worth of dandelion flowers and pinch off the green backs.
Place them in a saucepan and cover with 2-3 cups of water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat; cover and let steep for 2-6 hours.
The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor (and the more beneficial for your health), so just taste test every so often. FYI, the longer you leave it, the darker the color will be from the bits of green that made it into the batch.
When its done, strain out the flowers and measure the tea for this recipe. Drink whatever is left over.
**You can find organic beef gelatin on Amazon or your local health food store. I prefer these organic brands over Knox because of where they're sourced and how helpful they can be at building up health.
Notes on Gel Set:
If you’re living off grid and/or without a fridge, get creative with the cooling. This mixture will gel a bit left on its own regardless. However, in the warmer months it won’t ever really set up without a good temperature drop. You can also try what Amelia, an intrepid reader, pointed out:
“If no refrigeration, you can use agar agar, a vegetarian gelatin made from seaweed (no it doesn’t taste like seaweed, no taste). Texture is firmer and not as ‘jiggly’ as animal gelatin.”
Dandelion gelatin is great – so cool and tasty on a warm day! However, dandelion gelatin isn’t the only thing one can make with dandelions.
More on Dandelions
From Joybilee Farm –Dandelions Food as Medicine
Hybrid Rasta Mama – Herbs and Children: Dandelions;
Pixie’s Pocket – Dandelions and Violets, oh joy!;
Homestead Lady – Paleo Dandelion Cookies
Homespun Seasonal Living – Dandelion Bread
Pixie’s Pocket – Dandelion Flower Infusion Syrup;
Learning and Yearning – Roasted Dandelion Root Chai
Grow Forage Cook Ferment – Dandelion Pesto
Nerdy Farm Wife – Dandelion Green Apple Syrup
They’re Not Our Goats – Wild Dandelion Quiche
Learn More About Gelatin and Its Uses
Food Renegade – Gelatin: A Healthy Protein Powder;
The Healthy Home Economist – The Crucial Reason you Need More Gelatin in Your Diet.
From Learning Herbs – Elderberry Gummies!;
Homespun Seasonal Living – Grapfruit Gelatin
Homestead Lady – Violet Gelatin and Other Flower Foods