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    Elderberry recipes

    It's that time of the year again. Looks like a reasonable crop this year. What do you do with your elderberries? Wine? Schnapps? Liqueur? ?.......
    Anyone use them for cooking?

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    Mate - this is really spooky, I was out with a mate this afternoon walking the pooch and asked exactly the same thing.

    Therefore I look forward to the answers you get - cheers Reuben!!

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    Elderberry Recipes: Elderflower Liqueur


    I used this receipe some years back, and every other year since with great success, one word of advice use very ripe berries.
    Gary Beechener

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    Confused, you say use ripe berries - the recipe is for elderflower liqueur?!

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    I'm thinking maybe a kind of apple and elderberry schnapps would be good for a bit of an experiment. According to one recipe it should be ready in just a couple of weeks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlbird View Post
    Confused, you say use ripe berries - the recipe is for elderflower liqueur?!
    He said "very ripe berries"

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    That's what I mean, so just use very ripe berries instead of the elderflower in the recipe?

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    My mother used to make elderberry jelly use as you would cranberry jelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlbird View Post
    Confused, you say use ripe berries - the recipe is for elderflower liqueur?!

    Ripe berries like all hedgerow stuff break down quicker and are much sweeter to use. Using them a little early and you have a sour tasting
    liqueur, or thats what I find.
    Gary Beechener

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    So here is a family recipe.
    4 pints elderberry juce
    4 pints apple juce
    i gallon water
    2 cups salt,
    1 cup brown sugar,
    2 tablespoons aromatics.
    I tablespoon Black pepper.
    Heat the Apple and Elder juces in a large sauce pan until boiling and disolve the sugar, salt, pepper & aromatics.
    Once disolved and boiling add to the 1 gallon cold water and leave to completely cool.
    Use as a brine for Venison haunch [overnight] before roasting.

    Add a pint of Rowan berries whilst boiling, for a great wild boar brine, or

    Change the elder for orange, lemon and dark soy in equal quantaties for a great pork brine.

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