You read correctly. Dandelion jelly. There are a zillion recipes for it, and now that we've eaten it with ham for dinner, I can see why. It tastes like lemon and honey and, well, dandelion yumminess all sealed up in a little jar. Seriously. It's good. And it was wicked fun to make with three little girls on a sunny day.
We would need 4 cups of just the yellow flower parts, so we each brought our own bucket or basket to fill up. You can imagine this wasn't too terribly difficult a task at this time of year.
After plucking off all the green parts from each flower, we boiled the dandelions with some water, then strained and squeezed it through cheese cloth. We then boiled the liquid with a little lemon juice, a lot of sugar, and pectin to turn the sauce into sweet jelly.
I must admit, I was surprised to thoroughly enjoy the taste of this stuff. I figure it would be a wonderful adventure with the kids, which it was, but that I'd have to fake how awesome it was when it was time to get out the spoon. Nope. It really is good. Fun, not hard to make, pretty, and sweet. A success!