Ok it wasn’t such a good day for slavin ova a hot stove all day but it had to be done becoz I couldn’t fit all tha fresh fruit in my mums freezer.
I started off by making my first batch ov elderberry (Sambucus nigra) vinegar, I hope it turns out nice.
Next I made elderberry jam, I luv elderberry jam n even though it isn’t an easy one to make I always try to make at least one batch a year if they are around.
First I like to freeze them it makes it easier to get tha berry off tha stems (which are slightly toxic) so once frozen gently tickle tha berries off tha stems put into a pot n add like a cup ov water to get them going, boil these until tender then let them cool down a bit I then push them through a sieve, I use a wooden spoon n then my fingers to get every last bit of flesh I can.
Put tha flesh back into tha pot, add lemon juice or blended pith n juice n bring it back up to a boil then add your sugar, I use 1/3kg raw sugar to 1kg fruit flesh.
It turned out nice n thick it is one ov those jams dat can be a bit runny if ya don’t get it rite.
Next I made apricot, chilly n yellow plum jam, I had some yellow plum pulp left ova from setting down a new lot ov leathers today so I added this to tha last ov tha apricots n for extra kick I added some chilly. All the fruits n 1 cup ov lemon juice were boiled then tha sugar added, again I use tha 1/3 to 1 amounts n then bottled when ready about 20 minutes hard boil.
The leathers got a good skin on them today as it is very hot here finally…..YAH!!! so I’m hoping to get these done by Sunday to set down a green gage leather Yummmmmmm 🙂