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Dandelion Wine Recipe

Lynn and Jim Spaulding share their simple homemade dandelion wine recipe.

| September/October 1970

  • Dandelion Field
    This dandelion wine recipe makes one gallon of a wine full of health-giving properties. 
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/KAZNADEY

  • Dandelion Field

The article called Wild Edible Plants that ran recently in MOTHER EARTH NEWS said that after dandelions flower you should leave the plant and go on to other foraged fare. But a nice lady gave us a recipe for dandelion wine that's supposed to have health giving properties. We made it and it's great. Here's the formula for one gallon:

Dandelion Wine Recipe

  1. Early in the morning when the dew is on the flowers, pick one gallon of perfect, open dandelion blossoms.
  2. Put the flowers in a two gallon or larger open crock and pour boiling water over them. Cover the crock with cheesecloth and let it sit at room temperature for three days. Then squeeze all the juice outta the flowers, throw them away and save the liquid.
  3. Put the liquid into a big pot and add:
    • 3 lbs. sugar (we used brown raw sugar for healthiness but next time we'll try honey for healthierness. The nice lady used white (ugh) sugar.)
    • 3 or 4 lemons, juice, skin, seeds, etc., all chopped up.
    • 3 or 4 oranges, chopped
  4. Boil mixture for 30 minutes with top on pot, cool to lukewarm, pour into crock and add 1 1/2 or 2 packages or tablespoons of yeast. Cover with cheesecloth and let brew sit for two or three weeks 'til the bubbling stops and — whammy!

  5. Filter through cheesecloth to strain out chunks and save vitamins. Bottle.
Mary
5/13/2020 1:40:13 PM

My grandfather made dandelion wine every season when I was a child. All of us children would go out and pick the dandelions for him. This is old school method, you don't need all kinds of fancy contraptions to make wine at home for it to be "safe". You do realize people have been doing this since the beginning of time, long before amazon.


Mama Mia
5/7/2018 7:22:45 AM

I have used this one particular recipe since 1976. Yes, I used Red Star Bread Yeast for years, now I use Champagne yeast. This is really a great first time wine project and well worth the effort!! I even double-batch it. Nothing "fly by the seat of your pants" about it, just stick to the recipe, and good "house-wifery" does the rest.


Jeffrey
5/6/2016 11:51:56 AM

i wished everyone would just get along eh?




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