Whenever wild elderberries produce with wild abandon, I make either elderberry jelly or jam. And this year, are they prolific! You could not even tell that the bushes had been picked, as I carried my basket of tiny purple berries to the kitchen to make Seedless Elderberry Apple Jam. It’s made the old fashioned way, without added pectin.
I prefer jam over jelly, simply because more fruit goes into the jar and less into the compost, but I don’t like elderberry seeds in my jam. Solution? Simple. Strain them out through a fine mesh strainer, rather than a jelly bag, to get as much pulp as possible into the pot. Read on, for the full recipe!