Posts Tagged ‘Fermenting’

Here is the second recipe in my list of recipes using Dandelion Flowers, the rest of the plant is edible and I am now considering this plant to be a very important plant in Permaculture or any sustainable lifestyle environment. We are at the time of year when in various parts of the Northern Hemisphere, these plants are currently, have or will still come into flower (Here in the outskirts of London, we are currently seeing the last flowers appear and many have already become seed heads).

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In the last installment, I wrote on a very delicious Dandelion Flower Jam recipe which I highly recommend – it’s probably the best jam recipe I have ever used so far!

Before we get into the wine recipe, I must make it clear that this is the first time I am using this recipe or making the wine for that matter, I am currently halfway through my wine fermentation period and will not be able to give any taste results to my readers. This recipe comes to me from a reputable source and when I enquired with a contact of mine, it sounds very similar to the most commonly used Dandelion Flower Wine recipes out there, I am sharing this only because this is the time of year that the flowers are here, and we only have about a three week period before we don’t see them again for another year! Try it out, what have you got to lose?

Things you will most likely need to obtain / buy before hand:

  1. Fermenting container / Demi-john (1 Gal / 4.5 – 5 Ltr),
  2. Obtain container bottles for the final product (plastic is recommended over glass in case of continued fermentation gasses),
  3. Yeast sachet x1,
  4. Bubbler and Cork / Stopper,
  5. 4 Ltrs of Water (1 Gal USA) ,
  6. 2x Oranges,
  7. 2x Lemons,
  8. 1kg of Sugar (2lb 3oz),


  1. Put all of the Dendelion Flowers into a large pan / pot and pour over a full kettle (normally 1Ltr) of boiling water and leave for 24 hours,
  2. Strain the liquid out and don’t forget to compost the used flower heads,
  3. Add the juice of the lemons and oranges, the sugar and remaining water and stir until all mixed in sufficiently – place into your brewing container (not your final Demi-john – I used a 5Ltr plastic bottle),
  4. Add your yeast, cover with a cloth and leave in this container for a further 24 hours,
  5. Pour into your Demi-john and place the bubbler (Airlock), leave in a dark cool cupboard / basement etc. for a minimum of one month,
  6. Pour into our storage bottles – consume chilled

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Home Grown Organic Apples using Permaculture Methods

Home Grown Organic Apples using Permaculture Methods

Well, we are now in the season (Northern Hemisphere) where Apples, Plums, wild fruits like Wild Damson and Blackberries start falling and ripening. Tomatoes are slowing down with the ripening and I have, for the first time, now started preserving some of my produce as well as going food foraging and asking relatives, colleagues and neighbours for their unwanted fruit (by offering to go pick it and clean what is already rotting on the ground). The result is bottles and bottles of Tomato Sauces, Green (Unripened) Tomato Chutney, Damson Jam, Plum Chutney and even Apple Cider / Cider Vinegar! There are still more recipes to be made and I will be posting articles on these including instructions as time goes on … so keep tuned and follow the blog!

Tomato Gardeners Delight, Organically Grown using Permaculture Methods

Tomato Gardeners Delight, Organically Grown using Permaculture Methods

I have specifically chosen easy to follow / simple recipes to keep within the Permie way of using less effort and energy to produce a yield.