I have more elderberries than I could've imagined. I use them for jelly and we're going to try wine. I also use them for cold remedy. Anybody make syrup? How do you make it? Ever use jelly in a sauce for BBQ?
Yeah I fill up a small jar with berries then fill with clear non flavored vodka. Put it in a closet or dark space for a few weeks then remove berries. When ya feel the onset of cold symptoms take a teaspoon of the elixir.
I use them in my hard cider recipe. You can always freeze them for future uses. Japanese beetles shredded our elderberries this year. If you weren't so far away, I'd find a way to help take them off your hand!
I don't know if there's a correct amount. I just spoke a lady from Belgium that made syrup with the elderberries and just mixed a spoonful with warm milk.
Another-the method I used- I filled a smallish jar with berries and filled with regular vodka. Put it in a dark place for 6 weeks, remove, smash and strain berries and return liquid back to vodka.
Take a spoonful at the onset of flu symptoms for several days. Elderberry contains the same chemical benefits of the new cold medicines like Zycam etc.
Wine. My dad made elderberry wine every year for as long as I can recall. Made jam from them too. I remember that we always had his elderberry wine with Thanksgiving dinner. However, the dandelion wine he made was wicked strong stuff and beloved by the guys who picked up our weekly trash as a "sweetener" so that they would take stuff that they were not supposed to. Sorry for the reach-back to the 1950's.
Elderberry wine is great. Got a gallon in the basement I need to rack off. My brothers wife made syrup out of some this year and he gave us a jar and man is it good. I don't know where she got the recipe. I would imagine she got it online. Bearklr made my first batch of dandellion wine this year. Only made a gallon. Didn't try it yet but it looks nice and it was a breeze to clear. I only racked it once then killed it and sweetened it and left it sit a while and bottled it clear as a bell. Letting it age before we try it. Only got about 4 quart bottles. Gave the one that wasn't full to my brother and he said it was pretty good.
Dandelion wine isn't too bad. It doesn't really taste too much of anything other than sweet. Ours was clear as well with just a hint of yellow from all the yellow flower petals, but clear as could be. Aside from cutting all those stinking yellow petals off he has so many other wines available we just never got to the dandelion to drink it so he really doesn't make it too much.
I found a large patch of them on my property this year and spent more then a few hours pick an cleaning several bags full and i didnt use them in any jelly but i started a batch of elderberrry wine using 2lb of elder an 1lb of wineberry and using 1 gallon of wine grape juice as a base and after the first racking i sampled it and i really wish id of went back and picked another couple of bags full it was very good tasting even tho it was still tart and unsweetened. They are toxic raw if eaten but as for uses i looked them up early this year and there are alot an beneficial too health wise.