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Dandelion Wine Recipe – Real Food

The Wild Edible Plants article recently published in MOTHER EARTH NEWS said that after dandelions bloom, you should leave the plant and switch to other forage foods. But a nice lady gave us a recipe for dandelion wine said to have health benefits. We did it and it’s great. Here is the formula for a gallon:

Dandelion wine recipe

  1. Early in the morning, when the dew is on the flowers, pluck a gallon of perfect, open dandelion flowers.
  2. Place the flowers in an open two-gallon or larger pot and pour boiling water over them. Cover the jar with cheesecloth and let stand at room temperature for three days. Then squeeze out all the juice from the flowers, throw them away and save the liquid.
  3. Put the liquid in a large saucepan and add:
  • 3 pounds. sugar (we used brown raw sugar for health, but next time we will try honey for health. The nice lady used white sugar (ugh).)
  • 3 or 4 lemons, juice, skin, seeds, etc., all chopped.
  • 3 or 4 oranges, chopped
  • Boil the mixture for 30 minutes with the top on the pan, cool to lukewarm, pour into the pot and add 1 1/2 or 2 packets or tablespoons of yeast. Cover with cheesecloth and steep for two or three weeks until the bubbles stop and – whammy!
  • Filter through cheesecloth to filter out lumps and save vitamins. Bottle.

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    An easy and inexpensive house wine recipe – real foods

    In the DEAR MOTHER section of MOTHER EARTH NEWS No. 3, Gary Dunford asked if it was possible to make wine at home without buying $ 40 worth of equipment. The answer is yes.

    I started making wine with stuff I could scavenge while living in a one-room apartment in the city. Here are my own Super Simple instructions. They’re sure to uplift dedicated winemakers, but they deliver results. Either way, they are a start and the beginnings are the most important part.

    You can make wine from almost any fruit. In fact, you can do it from just about anything that grows. I used grapes, pears, peaches, plums, blackberries, strawberries, cherries and, my favorite, honey. Honey wine is called mead. The so-called wine of the gods. It’s cheap, easy and good. Here’s how:

    House wine recipe

    Get a gallon jug, preferably glass, but plastic will do. Clean it well. Feel it. Someone may have kept some gasoline in it. Wash the jug with soap (NOT detergent), rinse with baking soda in water and, finally, rinse with clean water.


    Put a pint and a half to two pints of honey in the jug (the more honey, the stronger the wine), fill with lukewarm water and shake.

    Add a packet or cake of yeast – the same stuff you use for bread – and leave the pitcher uncovered and in a sink overnight. It will foam in your mouth and it will get pretty sticky at this point.


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