Autumn is here – now is the time for long walks in the forest or along the hedgerows and for picking the lovely and gorgeous elderberries. The berries are yummy and healthy and if you make elderberry cordial you will have a magic potion to prevent flu or speed up your recovery – if you already caught you it! We love it warm, cuddled up on the couch with our warm socks on and a good movie – but you can also enjoy it cold on a hot summers day – just remember to save some cordial in the freezer.
2 kg elderberry bunches
5 dl water
300 g of cane sugar per liter of strained juice
Rinse the berries. Remove the coarse stalks from the berries and put them in a preserving pan. Then add the water. Bring slowly to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Take a potato masher to mash the berries in the pan. Now strain them through a jelly cloth for a couple of hours. Do not throw away the mash, this you can use to make homemade elderberry vinegar (or give it to the chickens – they love it!). Measure the juice and pour it back into the preserving pan. Add 300 gram of sugar per liter of liquid and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remember to taste it, so you get the sweetness you want. Skim off any foam. Pour the cordial into warm, sterilized bottles. Let it cool off. Store in the refrigerator or in a dark cool place.
INFO: You can also use a juice steamer, but then you don’t need the water in with the berries, but in the bottom of the steamer pan to make steam so the berries release their juices. Add also a little bit of sugar on top of the berries. It is likewise important to add some citric acid in the water. This helps not only the berries to release their juices but also prevents the pan from clogging with calcium/lime.