There are two types of recipes that pop up for dandelion honeys, one is made with actual honey and is more of an infusion whilst the other is a kind of syrup using sugar and dandelion blossoms (a good vegan alternative!). In this recipe it’s all about infusing the fresh dandelion blossoms with real honey in a quick and easy way. I prefer this version mainly because I adore the healing benefits of real honey over using white sugar but I’ll certainly post up a vegan alternative soon using the sugar too, in the meantime this stunning book, The Foragers Kitchen by Fiona Bird has a lovely version using meadow flowers, dandelion and sugar instead of honey so do check that out 🙂
Lazy Dandelion Honey Recipe-Infused Version
There’s a few ways in order to make an infused honey. The simplest is to fill a jar with dried herbs and pour raw honey on top and set aside for at least 4 weeks. However in this case I wanted to use fresh dandelion flowers, as I find they don’t dry out very well (or is this just me?!). Whilst I probably could get away with following the same technique as with the dried herbs, I’d much rather give the dandelions a bit of heat in order to evaporate off any water and thus increasing the shelf life and also extract a bit more of that wonderful dandelion herbal medicine. Warm infusions are usually a bit more of a lengthly process involving at least 3 days of stovetop heating however this versions is decidedly lazy. If you have a dehydrator then this recipe is ridiculously easy, other wise there will be a little more faffing but certainly nothing too taxing!
Lazy Dandelion Honey Recipe
To make a golden pot of dandelion honey you will need;
Good quality runny honey
Handful of clean, dry dandelion blossoms
Clean sterilised jar
Fill a clean and sterile jar quarter full with dandelion blossoms. Pour over the honey. Don’t seal the jar as you want to allow any water to evaporate off.
If you have a dehydrator pop the jar in set at about 43C for 48 hours. Otherwise you could use the water bath method.
For the water bath method set your jar of honey and blossoms into a basin and fill it with boiling water so that the jar is about 3/4 covered with the water. Replenish the water a few times a day for two days in total. If your using the water bath method cover the jar with a scrap of cloth and a rubber band to ensure you don’t get any unwanted visitors!
With either method after two days strain the honey through a muslin cloth and pour into a clean jar and seal. The honey should last for many years but obviously discard if you find any mould.
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