Let 'em Grow: Dandelions: Dad's Fav. Dandelion Wine Recipe

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By Sharon
May 22, 2012

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threegardeners
May 21, 2012 6:32 PM CST
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6 quarts freshly picked dandelion petals

4 quarts water

4 pounds white sugar

3 sliced lemons

2 tbsp. yeast

Pour the water over the dandelion petals and let stand 3 days and 3 nights. strain through a cloth and add white sugar, lemons, yeast. Let stand 4 days and 4 nights. Strain again and pour into bottles. Cork lightly and let stand---until your curiosity gets the better of you.
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Sharon
May 21, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Oh yeah!! It's been so many years, but I can still remember the flavor.
Thanks, Lee Anne. I hoped you'd chime in because I remembered about your Dad. Smiling
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threegardeners
May 21, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Lovey dubby

Couldn't resist posting the recipe...it was my job for years every Spring to pick the dandelions...was rewarded with ice cream and sticky fingers.
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Sharon
May 21, 2012 6:48 PM CST
And I remembered. Thumbs up
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May 21, 2012 6:49 PM CST
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vic
May 21, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Thank you for the recipe Lee Anne - Hurray! Hurray!
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crittergarden
May 22, 2012 6:28 AM CST
I agree

I've been wondering how!

Hurray!

Now, when you say "petals", do you mean you pull all the yellow bits out of the flower head?
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Sharon
May 22, 2012 8:16 AM CST
Lee Anne will have to tell you for sure, Critter, I can't remember that part. I do remember the scent of the mix when it was being strained after having been soaking for days. Ugh. It got better though with time and yeast, lemons, etc.
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tveguy3
May 22, 2012 9:07 AM CST
Thanks for the recipe, When I was a kid I remember picking the blooms, then we had to pull just the yellow petels out, mom would say, none of the green can be in there, it seemed to take for ever to get enough. My mom put raisins in it too, not sure how many, but I remember that she did that. She used to make Elderberry wine, Choke Cherry, and Rhubarb wine too. I also remember one of the neighbors made beet wine. Guess you cam make it out of anything.
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Sharon
May 22, 2012 9:27 AM CST
Anything that ferments, Tom. More than I'd ever want to try.
I'm glad you mentioned pulling the petals. I feel sure it's only petals that are used but it's been a long time since I was a little girl and I just can't remember.
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threegardeners
May 22, 2012 4:37 PM CST
yup, it's the petals...have fun with that by the way Big Grin
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crittergarden
May 23, 2012 6:20 AM CST
Well, I'm too busy for that!
But there are kids in the neighborhood.....
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May 23, 2012 7:34 AM CST
All about dandelions, including how to make dandelion wine. Its all here! Thanks, for the recipe.
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Sharon
May 23, 2012 7:57 AM CST
Thanks to all of you for contributing to the discussion. My daylily parade has begun and I need to spend this day sorting the weeds from the blooms. From here I can't see a single dandelion, but I'm sure they're in there somewhere. Y'all have a real good day!
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May 23, 2012 7:00 PM CST
Thank YOU, Sharon!
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May 23, 2012 7:06 PM CST
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