Getting to know the farm is really wonderful. Each time we go, we experience the seasons in a new way. While dandelions are generally considered delightful in my family, the farm in full fledged May dandelion glory is really something else.
Rebecca started picking them as soon as she was out of the car and I started thinking about what we could make with such an abundant supply of foraged food.
A quick internet search lead me to dandelion wine and off we went. We had an easy project that would fulfil my foraging and homebrewing-while-pregnant urges for the season. I think we’ll save Sarah’s dandelion jelly for next year.
We picked a gazillion dandelion heads right before leaving and then we took them back to the city to complete the job. While Becca was at nursery school the next morning, I quickly separated the petals from the bitter green bits with the kitchen scissors. It took about an hour and stained my fingers. Next I poured boiling water over them in the crock and then covered it up and walked away for 3 days.
After adding lemons, oranges and honey to the mix, a steady 30 minute boil finished it off. A quick strain in to the carboy, some yeast, and an airlock and that’s it. For real measurements and quantities see the MotherEarthNews Article, I just followed their instructions since their cider information was so helpful. Unfortunately we got carried away and forgot to take a specific gravity reading so we may very well be making some sort of mead-like moonshine. We’ll let you know this winter.