Just made the most AMAZING discovery EVER regarding Elderberries!!!

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by luvmychicknkids, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    At least I think so!!! I love using them but they are a serious pain to get off the stems. As far as I am concerned the fork method HAS to be a joke of some sort. It is time consuming, messy....not fun. Anyway, I made jelly with the few ripe one a couple of weeks ago. Then the rest got ripe this last week. I wasn't ready to use them so I clipped them off and put them in a big trash bag. I threw the entire thing in the freezer. I just took it out to figure out if I should thaw them before picking them off and they were falling off the stems!!!! I got all of them picked off in about 5 minutes!!!! With almost ZERO effort!!! And, I have less of the little stems than I do when I use a fork!!! I just HAD to share!!!!
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Darn, I thought your amazing discovery was going to be that if you feed them to your hens, they lay all females!
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    what does an elderberry taste like?..i have heard of them before.but i dont think we have them in mass?..Wendy
     
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Quote:ROFL.......oh how I wish that was it!!!!! [​IMG]

    As for the taste....to ME they taste like a combination of grapes and mulberries. They are really good. However, they are poisonous until cooked.
     
  5. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we make elderberrie wine and jelly
     
  6. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
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    Quote:I do jelly. Haven't got brave enough to try making wine yet though I keep planning to! [​IMG]
     
  7. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think elderberries taste like blueberries crossed with black cherries. They have a larger seed (or more thicker seeds) then blueberries, which makes eating them pretty crunchy. I think that is why most people make jelly out of them, they can strain the seeds out.

    There are two main elderberries, red and blue/black. Red ones are poisonous while blue/black are not really poisonous (talking berries only). Some people are sensitive to a compound in blue/black elderberries which can be cooked out. I'm not sure if you can cook the red ones to make them edible.

    I see elder flowers every June, but I almost never see ripe berries on the plants. The birds just love them that much.
     
  8. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My method was snip off a bunch and then sit down on the porch and roll them off the stem with my fingers. Your freezing method sounds alot easier I'll have to try it next time. I usually just make elderberry muffins or bread. I remember my parents used to make elderberry jam.
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    You can also use this method, instead of blanching, to get the peels off tomatoes! [​IMG]
     
  10. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Quote:I did not know that!!! It appears that "your freezer is your friend". [​IMG]
     

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