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Elderberries
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:09:48 am »
It's elderberry time!  Nice crop this year because of all the rain.  I picked on 8/8 and 8/10.
I like to removed the berries from the stems, wash, and freeze for later use.  Usually, I make jelly but I think I need to learn how to make elderberry mead.  :)

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 08:08:02 pm »
Don't know if I have tasted and elderberry.  I've been a canning fool this year.  Can you make jam?  I made peach jam a week ago.  Oh, sweet Jesus! 
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 06:26:35 pm »
Drool, crazy8.  Peach jam, drool.  Yes, I make jelly from the elderberries.  We are hooked on elderberry jelly.  I like to make it real dark, not diluted down.  They are supposed to help prevent colds and are high in vitamin c.

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 07:23:53 pm »
Are the seeds hard and gritty making it necessary to run the pulp through a jelly bag?
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 05:10:16 pm »
I strain it through cheesecloth.  I simmer on the stove top in enough water to cover.  Using a masher, I try to mash the berries.  I am not sure about a jelly bag, but that should work too.  I try not to squeeze as sometimes that makes a cloudy juice. 

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2018, 04:05:28 pm »
I have pulled some elderberries out of the freezer and am going to make another batch of jelly this afternoon.  I will do this after I make deviled eggs for my husband to take to a work pot luck.

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2018, 11:32:38 am »
Deviled eggs---Oh  Boy!   That brings back wonderful memories from many many years ago and reawakens my taste buds.  WOW!

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2018, 08:57:38 pm »
efmesch, I made deviled eggs with cheddar cheese and crispy bacon bits.  I understand they went over well.  I considered making them with wasabi and pickled ginger, but chickened out.  I don't know how adventurous my husband's co-workers are.
Tonight I made elderberry jelly with honey.  I believe it is setting up nicely.  We will see.

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2018, 02:55:07 am »
Sounds great-- but for me it will have to stay in the imagination.  I assume you realize that bacon  :o  is off my ingredients list.  :D

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2018, 09:05:29 am »
 O:-)  :D

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2018, 12:44:42 pm »
Sounds great-- but for me it will have to stay in the imagination.  I assume you realize that bacon  :o  is off my ingredients list.  :D
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2018, 03:06:21 pm »
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2018, 12:23:28 am »
............... :D :D :D

you all crack me up.....funny stuff!

ef, bacon is off my ingredient list too, for a different reason...... it makes too many fat cells and may add to flat tire syndrome........... ;D :D :D :D

love elderberry, love deviled eggs, we just picked a ton of raspberries and black caps (black raspberry, my favorite).
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2018, 09:06:54 am »
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ef, bacon is off my ingredient list too, for a different reason...... it makes too many fat cells and may add to flat tire syndrome........... ;D :D :D :D...
Too late for me...  ;)
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2018, 07:48:20 pm »
I remember picking elderberries and goose berries along the roadside with my grandmother growing up in Ottawa.  Been a long time since I had the jellies or pies.  We dont have the berries down here in south central Kansas or at least I haven't seen them along the roadside
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2018, 11:56:03 pm »
"Too late for me...  ;)"

lee, ........... :D
it might be too late for me too, but i still try to keep the semi inflated flat tire off the middle section............... :D :D :D
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2018, 11:50:18 am »
I remember picking elderberries and goose berries along the roadside with my grandmother growing up in Ottawa.  Been a long time since I had the jellies or pies.  We dont have the berries down here in south central Kansas or at least I haven't seen them along the roadside
Riverrat, Memorial Day weekend I spotted a gold mine of elderberries out south of Rock Creek Cemetary.  That is SE of Wellsville.  I made mental notes so that I can go back in mid-August to pick.  It's so easy to spot them when they are in bloom.  Just remember where you saw them and beat the birds to them.  I know one beekeeper that keeps a spreadsheet on picking locations.  He helped me figure this out.

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2018, 10:11:43 am »
My sister sent me a picture of elderberries up around the Trenton, MO area.  They look great, but that area has had a lot more rain than us.  She plans to pick up there.  The elderberry bushes in my back yard look terrible.  I have to water them today, or I might lose them.