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- Elderberry cordial
Sun 8-Aug-10
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Toffeeapple
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See recipe HERE, says it will keep for two years.  Mine is about that age.  Be very careful to remove all the green berries and discard all parts of the green stems, they are poisonous.

I'll try that again!

Sun 8-Aug-10
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ooooow ime just going to squeeze some now

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Sun 8-Aug-10
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I must get F to make some this year. She skipped the elderflower cordial making so we should have a bumper crop. They are peeping in my study window (upstairs) but still quite green. Everything here seems to be a couple of weeks behind other parts f the UK. Elderberry syrup sounds top notch. Thanks TA.

I am drinking last years elderflower cordial as I write. Really diluted in a pint glass of water and it is such a refreshing drink.

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Sun 8-Aug-10
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That sounds like a really good recipe. Can't wait for the elderberries to ripen around here - they're still little green pellets at the moment.

One of the comments on the page mentions a version using an assortment of hedgerow fruits so I might give that a go - I've been collecting and freezing blackberries a couple of times a week so eventually I'll build up enough to start making something.

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Sun 8-Aug-10
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Mike that's a good idea to collect things as they ripen.  I don't have that option " no freezer.  

Regarding some of the comments after the recipe, some of them were very good concerning sterilizing and  using honey or lemon juice.

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Sep-10
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A variation on the cordial here.

I'll try that again!

Wed 6-Oct-10
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hey everyone!

i'm about to make the cordial (tho' the syrup sounds nice too) but am unsure about a few things. firstly, with the above orig. recipe using 12 whole cloves, is that right? i'm very wary of this tasty too clove-y, and the elderberry flavour isn't recognised. Would it be ok to lessen the amount of cloves, say a couple, as 12 does sound like a large amount. the elderberries i've picked are somewhat a bit dusty from yesterday's foraging. I'm just wondering whether it's worth a long soak in water might do the trick, or will this further their detrioation/or lose their vitamin/nutritional value?

When I made my first ever apple and elderberry puree (orig. was jam as was previously asked about on the jam/chutney forum), I notice upon separating the berries from the stalks/stems, there were still a lot of much smaller/finer stems left in the bowl. These were much more difficult to pick out (prob. had about a hundred or so left!) Will this be ok to leave in? I didn't think it affected the puree flavour at the end result, but I'm now not sure for the cordial (or syrup that will be made for a later date) as these will surely be noticable in a drink? Or do think it's best to sieve the juice before the sugar is added in?

 

Wed 6-Oct-10
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If you read the comments on the original link they suggest using lemon or honey as a replacement for some the cloves.

Regarding the fine stems, do not cook them, they are the things that will cause stomach upsets,  be vigilant in removing all of them.

I'll try that again!

Wed 29-Jun-11
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Wed 29-Jun-11
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Wow, lots of info there, thanks very much TA.  Oh, and very strangely, I could access both the full address AND the link......for a change.  How odd ponder(but welcome nonetheless big_laugh).

We have several elder trees/bushes, so I'm looking forward to making use of the berries this year.

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Wed 29-Jun-11
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Sue, have you used Elderberries before?  I just want to make sure that you know about any tiny piece of stalk left on the berries leading to tummy upsets.

Interesting that you could access both links, why not go back and try to get into others that have failed previously.

I'll try that again!

Wed 29-Jun-11
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No I haven't used them before, TA.  I have read about the stalks so will make sure they are all removed, thanks. 

Good idea about other links, will try a few.

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Wed 29-Jun-11
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Oh!!!!!  I can now open ALL links okbrightsparklystuffmagicchampagnewelldonewave

How weird!  I wonder if it's because my computer had a hissy fit Monday evening and shut itself down, then restarted, did a diagnostic, suggested a system restore, closed down again and had a little rest (all of which it did all by itself without any hindrance, erm assistance from me eeekbig_laugh).  And then yesterday morning when I switched on (with some trepidation) all seemed fine.  Oh, the wonders of modern technology! big_laugh  Whatever happened, it's fixed!

 

Oops, off topic, feel free to spork me TA embarassed

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Wed 29-Jun-11
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I thought you weren't supposed to eat elderberries raw, yet this site says she uses them like any other berry...they are supposed to be mildly poisonous raw and cause severe stomach upset, even just a few berries.

Wed 29-Jun-11
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Slightly off topic but elderberry syrup makes great icecream - although not appreciated by children (which is a good thing in my book)  i_am_hungry

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