If you haven't figured it out by now, I love dandelions. I eat them and make them into things on a regular basis. Okay, on a springly basis. They're also very lovely to look at. And when they become little puff balls? ZOMG are they fun. I will spread those seeds like nobody's business.
|Make a wish!|
|Wine production of years past|
|Thems are some hot, manly hands... Oh! I mean, see what hard work that is?|
|Note the addition of tea cups to the process...|
This year, we made two separate batches, and I very carefully recorded all that we did for each one. One recipe called for six cups of dandelion petals, and one four cups. I'm pretty excited to taste and compare them.
But wine isn't all we make of dandelions. I've told you about pesto and fritters, which I repeated a few times again this year.
There's also dandelion petal ice cream. The heavenly, light creamy confection that one friend of mine declared "tastes happy." It's true. This ice cream is happiness infused.
Unfortunately, I can't find where I wrote down the recipe, but I can gather from these two photos that I infused the petals into the milk and then pureed it all together. If you're adventurous, try it out. Make it up as you go or follow a vanilla bean ice cream and adapt.
I think I may have strained it then, but I don't know. This one I haven't yet made this year because my freezer is currently too full to freeze the icecream maker bowl. If I do get a chance to make it, I'll post the recipe for sure.
You can also make a nice tea loaf out of the petals as I did one year.
I don't have the recipe I used way back then, but this one looks very similar. Try it out and be delighted by making something from your yard!
Dandelion potato soup is also a nice treat. Just follow a recipe for potato spinach soup (or even just potato soup) and put dandelions in instead of spinach. Puree and enjoy.
(If you haven't caught on to this yet, I'm using up as many past photos as I can find in relation to this topic. I meant to post most of these as their own thing, but as as per facts 4 and 5, this never happened.)
Two new things I've tried this year are dandelion tincture (extract) and dandelion vinegar.
|Dandelion infused vodka, essentially|
So next time you think of trying to eradicate the dandelions in your yard, why not try eating them instead?