Sunday, April 23, 2017

SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND DANDELIONS

What a weekend!!  Our daughter competed in Special Olympics yesterday (Sunday) and what a day that was!  She got Gold in the softball throw and talk about being excited....She was Over the Moon excited!


Spring Olympics Spring 2016
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Dandelion for Infusion

On Saturday, I took the dandelions that I had gathered in the country (on unsprayed land) and decided to make an oil infusion with them. I picked them a few days ago and let dry on a screen. I wanted to make sure that most of the moisture was out of the blossoms as water and oil don't mix.

 It is best to pick on a nice sunny day or at least wait until the morning dew has evaporated off of the plants and gather the full, non-damaged healthiest looking blossoms. I always pick 1 for every 3 blossoms that I find.  Insects depend on these lovely yellow beauties for food....I always want to be respectful and mindful of that!   


I then filled a sterilized jar half full of the wilted blossoms, making sure not to pack them in too tightly, and covered them in olive oil.  Taking a wooden skewer, I ran it around the sides of the jar to get rid of any air bubbles.  You want to do this a couple of times, as the presence of air can cause your oil to spoil.  Getting all of the air out can take some time, so just be patient.  :)
Dandelion Infused Olive Oil

Dandelion Infused Olive Oil

The last step involved taking a square of paper toweling and laying it on top of the jar then screwing on a canning lid.  You could also use cheesecloth in place of the paper towel.  I've read where people use a paper coffee filter. Place your jar in an area that this neither too warm or too cool for at least 2 weeks or up to 6 weeks max.  I have found that a spot on my cupboard that is out of the way works perfectly for me.  
Dandelion Infused Olive Oil

Now my little yellow beauties will just sit and rest for awhile, infusing the olive oil with all of their goodness.  I cannot WAIT for the end result!  More to come later on......

Have a good Monday, everyone!  


You can also read about my first attempt at making plantain-infused olive oil HERE!

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