After you are done reading this article about how to make dandelion wine, I am positive you will try it yourself. Suprisingly this wine is very easy to make and with the abundance of dandelions in your front yard, you will be crazy if you don’t make a batch yourself. This recipe makes a gallon of wine and I recommend to make extra for gifts. Could you imagine bringing a bottle of your own homemade wine to a party? I loved the feeling of gathering something from my yard and changing it into something that I can enjoy later. Unfortunitly I now feel guilty mowing over the little flowers because they each are packed full of health benefits and there are so many different ways you can eat them. Check it all out here.
- 2 quarts of dandelion flowers
- 1 gallon of water
- 8 cups of sugar
- 4 oranges (for the juice)
- 2 lemons (for the juice)
- 1 packet of yeast or 2 1/2 teaspoons (you can also use champaign yeast)
- 1/3 cup of warm water
- cheese cloth or muslin cloth
- gallon jug
- 2 large pot
When my children and I picked dandelions we made sure it was not in an area where dogs use the bathroom or has been sprayed by chemicals. If you grab the flower between you pointer and middle finger with your palm up you can pull the flower up and leave the stem behind. collect two courts of flowers. If you are having a hard time picturing how much two quarts is 1.89 liters.
Rinse the flowers in a colander and set it aside. Heat up one gallon of boiling water in a pot that has a lid. Take the pot off the heat stir in the flowers cover it with a lid and set it aside for 3 days.
Take an empty pot and sit a colander into it. Line a cheese cloth or muslin cloth in the colander to prevent small particles from getting passed it. Strain the dandelion tea into the pot leaving the flowers in the colander. Toss or compost the spent dandelions.
Add the yeast into warm water and let it sit for a couple of minuets. While you are waiting for the yeast to activates squeeze the juice out of 4 oranges and 2 lemons into the pot of dandelion tea water. Add the sugar and then yeast water then stir well.
Place a funnel on top of the gallon jug and slowly pour the liquid through. Do not cap the bottle but place a ballon over the lid of the bottle. Place the wine somewhere dark and cool and keep it there for at least 6 weeks. During the six weeks you may have to release some air out of the ballon so it does not pop off the jug. Once the six weeks is up the ballon should be limp again and you can screw the lid or cork the bottle
Wine taste better with age so if you make a few bottles allow some to sit for a long time.
Dandelion wine goes well with salads fish and light desserts.
Once you try this recipe, try making a new batch with different flavors such as ginger, or honey.
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