Elderberry Jam Recipe

Elderberry Jam Recipe

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The most common use of elderberries is for jelly-making. Their juice produces a clear, ruby-red jewel-like delicacy with a sparkling flavor to match. When you go out hunting elderberries, seek the blue variety (Sambucus canadensis) and not the red (Sambucus pubens) … the latter are distasteful and in some areas even poisonous. Don’t worry about confusing the two, though, for they look quite different. So, what will you need….


  • Elderberries
  • Water
  • White Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pectin

Equipment needed:

  • Jelly Strainer & Bag
  • Preserving jars
  • Jam Funnel

Top tip – To strip the elderberries from their stalks. It’s an easy, if long-winded, job and one that’s made much easier if you use a fork. Don’t worry if the odd bit of stalk makes its way into the bowl because you’ll be straining it out later. If you would like to make your own Elderberry Jam, follow the link below…. ENJOY!

Elderberry Jam Recipe