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Something off the yard

I was reading a blog. This lady takes almost anything off her yard, and changed them to something edible for the palate.

I thought I'd give it a try.

I made dandelion jelly yesterday.

I sent the kids out with a big bowl. Gave them the task to pick ONLY dandelion flowers. They filled up the bowl within a couple of minutes. :)

I have never been the one to rip off flowers petals to eat or tell my luck. Well, yesterday, I rip petals off so I can make food out of them.

I boiled 2 cups of dandelions petals with 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strained the mixture. Add 1 cup of sugar (or 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar, since I don't have enough granulated sugar), 2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoon of pectic to the fluid. Boil them again until the jelly passed the cold saucer test.

It was good!!!!

I could do it again.

My husband, he got inspired by the whole thing. He dug up dandelion roots, cleaned, chopped, roasted and ground them to make coffee substitute.

Not worth it. It took too long to prepare them to get a small amount of ground for one. Second, it tasted too bitter.

We'll have to venture more into the yard and see what else we can find. We've been here a bit over four years and never once sprayed any pesticides or weed killer in the whole yard. We feel it's safe to eat whatever is growing out there.

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