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What to do with elderberries?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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Louisa_2Louisa_2 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Whilst picking wild blackberries, (as per Pal's post- brilliant idea!) I saw loads of ripe elderberries too. I'm not really keen on the idea of elderberry wine (or is it elderflower anyway?), can anyone suggest something else I could do with them please?

Thought about making some cordial as Christmas presents, but 1. Don't know how and 2. Not sure that I don't need elderflowers instead :confused:

Any suggestions gratefully received!


  • se999se999 Forumite
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    Just had a look and found this page with pies and jellies aswell as wine etc.

    Edit - This page has links to more elderberry recipes that seem a bit clearer, the links are towards the bottom of the page.
  • henhoghenhog Forumite
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    I looked in my Marguerite Pattern Jam book index under elderberries and she has;
    Elderberry and apple jam
    elderberry chutney
    elderberry jam
    elderberry and pear jam
    elderberry and quince jam
    and elderberry vinegar!

    I could type up any recipes if you are interested or you could try to get the book in the library.
    Good luck!
  • Louisa_2Louisa_2 Forumite
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    Thank you henhog, :A could I have the one for elderberry chutney please? Sounds tasty.
  • hawhawhawhaw Forumite
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    I stew elderberries and add them to blackberries in pies and crumbles.
  • henhoghenhog Forumite
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    Hi, The elderberrry chutney recipe is a variation on her apple chutney so I will give you the recipe for the apple chutney and her variation for elderberries.

    1 lb onions -weight when peeled and finely chopped
    1/2 pint malt vinegar (white)
    2 lb cooking apples (weight when peeled and cored)
    1 teaspoon pf pickling spices
    12 0z soft light brown sugar
    40z raisins or any other dried fruit
    salt and pepper to taste

    Chop the onions and put into half the amount of vinegar and simmer gently for ten mins. Cut the apple into 3/4 inch dice and add to the pan with the rest of the vinegar, the pickling spices (tied in a muslin) the sugar, the dried fruit and a little seasoning. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and then simmer steadily, stirring from time to time, until the consistency of a thick jam. Remove the bag of pickling spices. Spoon the chutney into hot jars and seal down.

    The variation for elderberry chutney is

    follow the apple chutney recipe but use 1 lb of elderberries and 1 lb of apples. For a less strong flavour use only 8oz elderberries and 1 1/2 lb of apples. In each case the weight of apples is when they have been peeled and cored.

    I haven't tried it, so if any one does make it I'd be very interested to know how it turns out!
  • elonaelona Forumite
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    I am just trying to make elderberry jam in my breadmaker - first lot turned out runny so hope this does better.

    Googled on elderberries and seems they are very good for coughs, colds and flu- put one teaspoon of the jam in a cup and add hot water.

    Will try this on my lot this winter.
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  • Elderberry syrup. Lovely for when you have a cold or sore throat in the winter. It's quite thick and you dilute with hot water, makes a lovely hot soothing and comforting drink. Also full of Vitamin C, like Ribena!

    Not sure how to make it. I would guess - cook the elderberries in a little water, strain them through a fine nylon sieve (of course they used a muslin bag from the time I remember it being made when I was a kid in the 1940s). Cook the elderberries, strain, add sugar, bottle for use in the winter. No idea of quantities though - can anyone help?

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    How about this one Aunty Margaret? Is that what you mean?
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  • ZziggiZziggi Forumite
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    Have found a nice little quite spot full of brambles that no-one else seems to know about. I have been picking the brambles as they ripen and noticed there's a fair amount of elderberries there too.

    I thought i'd spend the time picking them if i can think of something that i can use them for. Any suggestions? Not alcohol-related though, we're tea-totallers.

  • Chris25Chris25 Forumite
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    Have a look on here - there are recipies for cordial, jelly, ice-cream and pie
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