Homemade Dandelion Honey

Let your wild fairy dreams come true and make your own honey. This syrupy dandelion honey is super easy to make, local and ethically made by you with dandelions that you can forage yourself. It tastes delicious in porridge, yogurt, and - my childhood favourite - on a slice of homemade sourdough bread on top of creamy plantbased butter.



Who would have thought that you can make your own honey, essentially be your own bee? I mean as a child this would have been equal to being able to fly (or maybe not, but you get what I mean). So if you want to substitute honey with something that's ethical and local, and essentially free, then read on. This honey tastes unbelievaly like honey!



So since coming back from Tasmania where I lived on a vegan farm for a few weeks, I am slowly learning to use what's right in front of me in order to create my own food. I thought it would be really hard to learn how to grow plants and forage wild plants. But this proved to be wrong, nothing is that hard once you try it. I learnt that you need to take everything step by step and not try to learn everything all at once.



The other week I learnt how to make my own honey out of dandelions. They are everywhere at the moment, and many people see them as a weed that needs to be removed. Don't remove those previous little plants. Dandelions can be eaten in salads, both the leaves and the flowerhead, and you can make honey with the dandelion petals. I adapted a recipe that I found online since I didn't want to make as much honey as they suggested. I will link the recipe down below, so depending on the size, see which recipe you might need. I also put in sugar straight away, instead of just adding it after the boiling and seeping bit. At the start I thought this could ruin the consistency but surprisingly enough I got a thicker texture than I thought I would. I would still call it runny honey, but it's not as runny as I thought it would turn out. Maybe the sugar at the start helped to thicken it more? So let's get started!




First you need to pick your dandelions. We had lots in the garden so that was easy. Make sure they are not full of chemicals, so when you pick them don't pick them near places were crops are being treated chemically.


Remove the stems. Then, you soak them in water for five minutes. That way you'll get rid of any insects that might still cling on the flower.



Now remove the flower head - some people leave it and make honey with it but because of the bitter taste some people remove it, and so did I.

This took me a whole while.

Now you are ready to put the petals to a saucepan along with the water, lemon slices and some of the sugar. I left a more detailed description of the portions down below.


When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for half an hour. Then let it rest for 6 hours. After that, you need to sift the solids so that you are left only with a liquid. Bring the liquid to a boil, and then slowly add sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then, let it simmer for another 1-2 hours or until it has reached the desired consistency. You can make the consistency test by taking a teaspoon of your honey in progress and buttering it on a plate. Turn the plate upside down - if the consistency is very liquidy and it drips a lot, then you might want to let it cook a bit longer. If the consistency is thicker and stickier, you might want to remove it. It will get a bit harder once cooled.





Dandelion Honey


Let your wild fairy dreams come true and make your own honey. This syrupy dandelion honey is super easy to make, local and ethically made by you with dandelions that you can forage yourself. It tastes delicious in porridge, yogurt, and - my childhood favourite - on a slice of homemade sourdough bread on top of creamy plantbased butter.



Ingredients


1 cup dandelion petals (I took around 20-25 flowers)

1 cup water

2 thin lemon slices (if you want less of a lemon taste, only add 1 lemon slice)

1/3 cup + 3x 1/8 cup sugar







Method


1. Collect your dandelions when they are in full bloom in the middle of the day.

2. Blow the dandelions lightely to get any bugs out. Soak the flower heads in water for around 5 minutes to get rid of any remaining insects and to clean them a little.

3. Now remove the flower head (and the stem if you haven't done so before). Measure your petals.

4. Add the petals, water, lemon slices and 1/3 of the sugar in a saucepan and let it boil. Once it bois, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

5. Now let everything seep for 6 hours. 6. After the big soak, with a fine sift or cheesecloth, remove all the solids. 7. Let the liquid boil in a pan. Once boiling, reduce the heat and slowly add the sugar. I added 1/8 cup sugar at a time and stirred every time until it liquified (do this until there's no sugar left).

8. Let it simmer for around 2 hours or until it reaches the consistency you want (I explain how to test the consistency in my blog post, see above). 9. Once you reach the consistency you want, you can let it cool down for a bit and then pour it in a glass jar. Keep it in the fridge. :)


If you have any questions about the recipe, please let me know in the comments or on my instagram @blissfoodflower.



Recipe inspired by https://www.thespruceeats.com/dandelion-honey-recipe-1806823

Thank you so much for reading, I'll post more about forgaging on my blog while I'm exploring the magical woods. Much love, Viki


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