Elderberry Jelly

about 1.75 kg (3 3/4 lb) jelly approximately
Elderberry Jelly
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  • Siúcra Sure-Set Jam Sugar
  • Elderberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

Trim and wash the elderberries and put into a large saucepan with the water - just enough to barely cover the fruit.

Bring to the boil and simmer until tender. Strain through a scalded jelly-bag or at least four layers of muslin and allow to drip, without squeezing, until no more juice comes through. Add the lemon juice - juice of 1 lemon to 3/4 litre (1 1/3 pints approximately) elderberry juice. N.B. Do not leave the juice for longer than 1 day before finishing the jelly.

Measure the juice and allow 1 kg (2 1/4 lb approximately) Sure-Set to each 750 ml (1 1/3 pints approximately) for best results use 1 kg and 750 ml at a time. Heat the juice, add the Sure-Set and stir until dissolved, then bring to the boil and boil vigorously for 1 minute. (See 'Adding Sure-Set' for details on boiling and timing).

Pot and cover in the usual way; label and date. (See 'Potting and covering' for details).

Note: To make Elderberry and Apple Jelly, replace up to one third of the strained elderberry juice with apple juice.