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Elderberry Syrup
Thu 24-Sep-09
6:05 pm
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Toffeeapple
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I started making some today after I found a lovely bush full of ripe berries. It's an excellent reliever of coughs and is also said to be effective against influenza.

I'll try that again!

Thu 24-Sep-09
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Hi Toffeeapple
How do you make Elderberry syrup?
Sounds like a great way of using elderberries..
Jane

Fri 25-Sep-09
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Hi Jane,

I used the recipe from this link

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2007/08/resp.....ur_el.html

I just love the flavour of it.  You can use it on ice cream, yoghurt etc.  Do let me know if you make it.Smile

I'll try that again!

Fri 25-Sep-09
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I will, thanks! Looks great 🙂

Fri 4-Dec-09
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I made some of that and it was wonderful stuff I can quite see how it became reputed to ward off ailments, the flavour alone gives a real feel good.

I poured it into vodka shots and it sat in the bottom of the glass producing an attractive appearance with a lovely sweet finish to the vodka.

Also good with duck

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Sun 6-Dec-09
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Tim, is that the first time you've tried it?

I'll try that again!

Sun 6-Dec-09
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Yes, Toffeeapple it's the first time I've done properly.

As kids we collected and pressed tons of elderberries one day and made a whole heap of juice, I was the only one daft enough to try it.  I must have been about nine or ten and I drunk several half pints of the stuff, it was ghastly but I wasn't going to tell my parents.  My sister and I were talking about the episode today whilst we tranfered the marrow into a demijohn.

I'd love to have that time, and do the same things, again.

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Mon 7-Dec-09
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Laugh Did you have tummy ache afterward?  It's amazing what we do as children isn't it?

I'll try that again!

Mon 7-Dec-09
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You know I don't remember, I should have been very ill afterwards but it was such a long time ago.  I can  everything else; the pressing of the berries using two white plastic New Zealand Lamb boxes then transferring to liquid into another.  We wouldn't have cleaned anything and probably found the boxes in the shed, I can remember dipping a half pint beer mug in and drinking it.

We used to eat and drink all kinds as kids, my elder brother was more cautious.

Must have stood me in good stead though because I can eat pretty much anything now without being ill, in fact the wife gets me to check food that's out of date to make sure it's not too deadly

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Mon 7-Dec-09
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Arrh Tim you must have a similar cast iron stomach that my hubby does and he gets to try out all sorts of stuff first, jsut in case or finish off things I won't.

Mon 7-Dec-09
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I too am blessed with a cast-iron stomach. I could sit down to a plate of last night's leftover supper for breakfast. i once had a helping of left-over curry (Fiona's) before 06:00. This morning I started with some cold roast potatoes from last night's roast beef that were roasted in goose fat. I turned my back for 10 minutes to discover that she had given the remainder to the dogs. Grrrrr.Yell

Tim, your story of elderberry juice reminds me of our cooking attempts as kids. Playing cowboys and indians we would build a fire, fashion a billy-can out of a tin can and some wire, put in bones that the dogs had finished chewing and some peelings from vegetables. Hang it from a tripod over the fire. We never ate it but the aroma was fantastic!

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made some of this today; how thick do you make yours TA as mine seems fine but quite runny?

It tastes quite nice and will fit in well with my wild harvest selection for sale

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Well done for resurrecting this thread, Shelley. Very timely. Elderberry syrup sounds divine. Thanks, TA.

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shelley said:

made some of this today; how thick do you make yours TA as mine seems fine but quite runny?

It tastes quite nice and will fit in well with my wild harvest selection for sale


 

 

Last years batch was rather too thick to run out of the bottle, I think I boiled it too long.  It needs to be 'cough syrup' thick.

I'll try that again!

Mon 26-Jul-10
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probably not boiled mine quite enough for this batch then, but will work on it on the next batch!

thanks for the help

shelley

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