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gillandtom

  • Joined Feb 2009
  • Stirling
Elderflower berries?
« on: September 12, 2010, 08:29:56 am »
I normally make Elderflower champagne but we were away at the start of the summer this year so missed out.  As a result our tree is loaded with Edderflower berries which have been looking at me every day this week demanding I do something with them -

Not to keen on red wine so have been avoiding that one.

Any one use these / Have any recipes?

Thanks
Gill x

 

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010, 11:01:08 am »
You can use elderberries in both hedgerow wine and hedgerow jelly, mixed with other wild fruits.  I can't drink red wine either, but elderberry wine doesn't have the taste/effect that red grape wine (and Vimto - have you tried that horrible stuff?) does. We have loads this year too - haven't made wine for years but if the wild birds don't get there first I might give it a go.
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Samantha

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • Bristol
    • Merry Meet
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 12:19:21 pm »
oh yes elderberry jelly / jam ... also you could maybe make a cordial ?

Sam

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010, 03:03:38 pm »
I made some kind of savory sauce which was in "food for Free" - delicious.

plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
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Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010, 05:12:51 pm »
I used them all up in jam - not keen myself but the kids (human ones that is) love it!!  :goat: 
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sarahevers

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Bellingham, Northumberland
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010, 07:19:01 pm »
As said before, they make great jam, but you could also make apple and elderberry jam, or elderberry chutney.

Billy Rhomboid

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010, 12:55:47 pm »
Pontack sauce is made of elderberries, and is an absolutely fantastic ingredient in stews, casseroles, with game or liver etc. there is a recipe in the River Cottage preserves book IIRC or one here:
http://grethic.blogspot.com/2009/09/pontack-sauce-or-what-to-do-with.html

It is apparently best when aged 7 years.  I have never managed to make enough to keep it that long though. We use it after one year. Great stuff though. once you try it you'll wonder how you ever got by without.

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010, 09:40:50 pm »
Aha!  Pontack sauce was the recipe I made - I couldn't remember the name.

gillandtom

  • Joined Feb 2009
  • Stirling
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2010, 07:08:30 pm »
Thanks everyone for the ideas!!!!!  I will be haveing a busy weekend! :)


Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2010, 09:14:12 pm »
I juice elderberries in my steam juicer, then boil up the juice (1ltr juice to 700g sugar) and fill into sterilised bottles for homemade elderbeena. Comes from a HFW recipe. Wonderful in the middle of winter (and cannot be washed out from kids white school t-shirts... or anything else it gets on...)

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2010, 09:18:40 pm »
I'm going to try liqueur this year, after having had everything else you can make with elderberries!
Pick off the all stalks (they make it bitter) !!! Steep in vodka from 1 - 6 months. then strain and add sugar, shake each day until sugar is dissolved. Leave until you want to enjoy it  :yum: :&>

hartstone

  • Joined Oct 2010
  • Midlands
Re: Elderflower berries?
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2010, 11:29:29 am »
I juice elderberries in my steam juicer, then boil up the juice (1ltr juice to 700g sugar) and fill into sterilised bottles for homemade elderbeena. Comes from a HFW recipe. Wonderful in the middle of winter (and cannot be washed out from kids white school t-shirts... or anything else it gets on...)

It's very good warm also for coughs and colds :yum: :yum:

We have jusy made 5 pints :yum: It keeps really well also.

 

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