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Offline Bakersdozen

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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.