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- Bean Crock Pot
- Measuring Cup
- Kitchen Pot
- Cheese Cloth or Cotton
- Bottles & toppers
- 4 cups Dandelion Flower Heads
- 2 cups Sugar
- 8 cups Water
- 1 Orange ( 1 tablespoon Zest, 1/4 cup juice & slices)
- Lemon (1 tablespoon Zest)
- Lime (1 tablespoon juice)
- Handful Raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, dried or fresh
#1 – Freshly Picked Flower Head Preparation
After picking the flower heads they must be washed and then pick off as much of the green base as possible. This is an important step as the green base of the flower petals creates a strong bitter flavour that overpowers the petals. Once the flower petals are ready add them to crock pot with water and let steep for 24 hours.
I rinse Dandelion Flower Heads in my homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Bath followed by a freshwater bath
#2 – Prep with the ingredients
After the flower petals have rested in water for two days, place them in a clean pot bringing water back up to 4 quarts adding sugar, citrus zests, orange & lime juices, raisins cloves and ginger. Bring this mixture to a soft boil for up to an hour.
#3 – Crock Pot to Ferment
(I leave flower petals in ferment however one can filter them out before adding mixture to crock pot)
After cooking to infuse the mixture for an hour pour back into the crock pot and cover with orange slices. Cover the crock pot with cotton and put pot aside in cool dark space to rest and infuse.
#4 – Fermenting complete
Once the fermenting process is complete (stops bubbling) this brew can be filtered through cheesecloth or strainer and poured into bottles. These bottle can be put away for 6 months to age before drinking them.
If one is uncertain about the fermentation process being complete a balloon can be placed over the bottle to observe if it expands. If it expands it is still fermenting. Leave ballon on until fermentation stops before corking.
#5 – Enjoy or give as gifts
Once the bottle has rested enjoy or gift away as gifts during the holiday season.
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