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    Louisa
    What to do with elderberries?
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 6:49 PM
    What to do with elderberries? 22nd Aug 05 at 6:49 PM
    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!
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    • By se999 22nd Aug 05, 6:54 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 6:54 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 6:54 PM
    Just had a look and found this page with pies and jellies aswell as wine etc.

    http://members.aol.com/BLaneKY/elderberry.htm

    Edit - This page has links to more elderberry recipes that seem a bit clearer, the links are towards the bottom of the page.

    http://www.elderberries.com/elderberries.html
    Last edited by se999; 22-08-2005 at 6:58 PM.
  • henhog
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 10:08 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 10:08 PM
    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
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 8:10 AM
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 8:10 AM
    Thank you henhog, could I have the one for elderberry chutney please? Sounds tasty.
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 8:24 AM
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 8:24 AM
    I stew elderberries and add them to blackberries in pies and crumbles.
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 10:08 AM
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 10:08 AM
    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!
    Henhog
    • elona
    • By elona 23rd Aug 05, 10:12 AM
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 10:12 AM
    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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    • By margaretclare 23rd Aug 05, 1:41 PM
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 1:41 PM
    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?

    Aunty Margaret
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 1:49 PM
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    • 23rd Aug 05, 1:49 PM
    How about this one Aunty Margaret? Is that what you mean?

    http://www.irishsecrets.ie/recipe-secrets/elderberry-syrup.php
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    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 30th Aug 05, 6:38 AM
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    Elderberries
    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.

    Thanks
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 30th Aug 05, 7:00 AM
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    Have a look on here - there are recipies for cordial, jelly, ice-cream and pie
    http://www.patch-work.demon.co.uk/elder.htm
    • MATH
    • By MATH 30th Aug 05, 8:50 AM
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    Thanks, We too have loads of Elderberries along with the Blackberries and I didn't know what to do with then apart from making wine. Does anyone have any ideas for Rosehips?
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    • Sarahsaver
    • By Sarahsaver 30th Aug 05, 9:24 AM
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    elderberries - jelly, cordial, ice cream
    rosehips - syrup (cordial) and probably jelly too.
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    • elona
    • By elona 30th Aug 05, 12:07 PM
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    Mix them with sugar - boil and put in jars - mix one teaspoon of this with hot water to make a "tea".

    It is supposed to be very good for coughs, colds and flu.
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    • Miss Behaving
    • By Miss Behaving 30th Aug 05, 1:21 PM
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    Hi, I found this site which gives recipes using wild food, including rose hips and elderberries....

    www.overthegardengate.net/garden/herbs/reci_hedge.asp


    Hope this helps (and the link works!)
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    • By squeaky 30th Aug 05, 1:36 PM
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    What a nice find I'll add it to our growing collection.
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    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 30th Aug 05, 2:24 PM
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    Have a look on here - there are recipies for cordial, jelly, ice-cream and pie
    http://www.patch-work.demon.co.uk/elder.htm
    by Chris25
    Brilliant! thanks a lot! Will be popping off this evening to do a bit of picking....
    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 1st Sep 05, 9:33 PM
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    Blackberry and Elderberry Jam

    Take equal quantities of blackberries and elderberries (stripped of stalks), put in pan, bring to boil and cook for 20 mins. Allow ¾lb sugar to each 1lb fruit, bring again to boil for 20 mins. Pot.
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    • By Zziggi 1st Sep 05, 9:36 PM
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    Elderberry Jelly
    from Alan Joellenbeck
    2 quarts (1.9 litres) elderberries with stems removed
    2 cups (500ml) water
    1 box pectin
    5 cups (1200ml) sugar

    In a sauce pan simmer the elderberries in the water until berries are soft.

    Strain through a cloth.

    Be sure you have 3½ cups of juice; if not, pour a little water through the crushed berries.

    Return the 3½ cups juice to pan.

    Add pectin to the juice and bring to a boil.

    Stir in the sugar and bring to a full rolling boil.

    Boil for 1 minute.

    Remove from heat, skim and pour into hot sterilized jars.

    Seal with hot paraffin immediately.
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    • By Debt_Free_Chick 1st Sep 05, 11:10 PM
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    Seal with hot paraffin immediately.
    by Zziggi


    I think they mean paraffin wax. The little waxed paper discs will do the same job, though
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