Elderberry Jelly

by - 11:26

elderberries via lovebirds vintage

1.8kg elderberries
140ml water
2 lemons, juiced
approx. 500g granulated sugar

1. Gently wash the fruit and take the berries off the stems. Place the berries in a saucepan and crush them to release the juice. Add the water, bring to the boil and simmer for around 15 minutes until tender.

elderberries via lovebirds vintage

2. Strain the mixture overnight. In the morning, discard the berries and measure the liquid. Weigh out the sugar - you'll need 455g of sugar to every 565ml of juice.Heat the elderberry juice, lemon juice and sugar in a pan. If you have a sugar thermometer, clip it to the pan. 

3. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved then bring to the boil. Boil vigorously, stirring regularly until setting point (106 degrees) is reached.

cooking via lovebirds vintage

If you don't have a sugar thermometer, you can test whether the jelly is ready by placing a drop onto a cold plate (put the plate in the fridge prior to starting to cook). If the jelly is ready, it should rapidly form a skin and the surface should wrinkle if touched. While the jam is cooking, you can sterilise your jam jars in the oven.

4. Remove the pan from the heat as soon as the setting point is reached, skim off any scum and pour into warm sterilised jam jars. Pop a disc of wax paper over the jam and finish with a jam pot cover. When the jam has cooled, the jars can be labelled. 

elderberry jelly via lovebirds vintage

elderberry jelly via lovebirds vintage

We found this recipe made just over two jars of jelly (but the amount will depend on how much juice you can get out of the berries). We put the extra bit in a small dish to finish off at breakfast over the next couple of days. It tastes really good!

I found this recipe originally just by Googling 'elderberry jelly recipe". It's available on several different websites. 

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  1. I just found your blog and am totally delighted with your looks and your adventures, I follow you now. This recipe looks delicious jam, it's a shame that I live on an island with warm weather and those berries do not exist here. Kisses.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoy the blog and thanks for sticking around!