The dandelion plant, though despised by many gardeners, remains a popular plant among herbalists. Because every part of the dandelion plant has both delicious and healthful qualities, harvesting the entire dandelion plant for use in the kitchen can provide useful nutritional benefits. After you remove the dandelion plant from the soil, prepare the different parts carefully. With proper preparation, the roots, leaves and flowers of the dandelion plant can provide tasty and beneficial ingredients to recipes.
Fill the bucket with warm water.
Pull the dandelions from the soil with your hands. Position your hands as close to the soil surface as possible and pull straight up on the stems to remove as much of the roots as possible.
Place the dandelion plants into the bucket of water immediately after pulling them.
Allow the dandelion plants to soak for about 15 minutes and then remove them from the bucket.
Rinse the dandelions under cool water to remove any remaining soil and dirt.
Separate the roots from the stems, leaves and flowers. Remove any brown leaves and stems.
Place the roots, stems and leaves into a bowl.
Fill the teakettle with enough water to cover the roots, stems and leaves and boil it. Pour the boiling water over the dandelion plant parts in the bowl. Allow the water to steep on the dandelions for approximately 10 minutes and then pour it off. Repeat the process two or three more times. Each time you pour the water off, it will be less bitter.
Cover the roots, stems and leaves with boiling water a final time. Allow this mixture to steep for five to 10 minutes and then pour off the water. Use the tea water for drinking or add it to other recipes.