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Dandelion Wine pt II

Dandelion Wine pt II

Today I did these steps:

Poured mixture back into pot, brought to a boil.

Added the peelings (I used a zester) of three tangelos (the recipe calls for 4 oranges).

Boiled mixture for 10 minutes, then strained through a cloth back into the bucket (I rinsed it out good first).

Let mixture cool.

Dandelion wine

Since the dandelions have passed their prime, food-wise, I'm going to try making dandelion wine.

Up to now, coffee is the only thing I've ever brewed, so this is a completely new experience, which features lots of work and a high chance of producing an undrinkable drink that will make Cristy make "the face." So let's begin.

Ok, I've picked the "Midday Dandelion Wine" recipe on this page , mostly because it seems the simplest.

Step one: gather the dandelions.

Chicken in the pot, part deux

I want to try the Chicken in the Pot recipe again.

Why "chicken in the pot"? Why not "chicken in a pot"? Beats me.

So this time I'm following the recipe a little more closely. Through exhaustive Internet research, I have discovered that 16 ounces equals 2 cups. Since the recipe calls for 16 ounces of chicken broth, I'm going to to use two cups of chicken broth, rather than "whatever is left in the container," which didn't work out too good last time.

A heapin helpin of dandelion

The whole "I'm doing a blog" thing is kind of annoying in a way. I have other things to do than post blog entries. Important things!

Ok, that's a lie. I don't. I'm just incredibly lazy. How did I turn out this way? I come from a long line of industrious, hard-working people. It doesn't make sense.

Dandelions for dinner

Now it's time to try cooking these vile things.

We'll start out with a big mess of them. Wash them off. Here they are. Disgusting!

Ok, now a test run. We'll trim off the root part and here's what we're left with.

Dandelions

Throw it in a hot skillet with some olive oil and salt for a minute or so and here's what we've got:

Dandelion greens

Spring is officially here. I guess I have to start actually eating weeds. Ugh.

OK. The obvious one here is the dandelion. They're all over the back yard as usual. All the literature I've ever read says that you have to eat them in early spring, before they have flowered, or else they'll be bitter.

All right. I've got some here that haven't flowered yet.

And some that have.

Wilderness Survivial: Survival use of plants

This single page of information is a pretty good introduction to eating wild plants. No hippie bullshit, no instructions on how to treat your hemorrhoids with a poultice of dandelion root. If you're never going to read anything about wild plants ever again, this is probably what you should read. Next time you're lost in the New Jersey Pine Barrens with nothing to eat but Carl's Junior ketchup packets, it might come in handy.

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