Elderberries washed but not de-stalked
Large Crock pot
1. Place the washed jars onto a baking tray and bake at 100C. Once the oven is up to temperature bake for half an hour to sterilize.
2. Place the jam lids in a pan of boiling water and boil on a stove top until needed.
3. Place the washed berries in a crock pot, add a little water to prevent sticking to the base and cook on a medium heat until the berries have softened and burst.
4. Once the mixture has cooled, place a fine mesh sieve over a mixing bowl and slowly tip the berry mixture into the sieve. Using the back of a metal spoon press the mixture to release as much juice as possible.
5. Once the mixture has been strained, place the crock pot onto some weighing scales so that the liquid can be measured as it is tipped in. The amount of sugar needed is 75% of the liquid weight.
6. Place the liquid onto the hob and heat slowly. Whilst the liquid is heating, warm the correct amount of sugar on a low setting in the microwave. This will make it easier to dissolve.
7. Once the sugar has warmed, add to the elderberry liquid and turn up the heat to a rolling boil. Use the thermometer to check the temperature and once 102C has been reached, stir continuously for a period of 8-10 minutes.
8. Don't worry about skimming off the scum, should any form add a tiny piece of butter at the end of the cooking time and the scum will disperse.
9. Let the liquid cool for 15 minutes and then tip into the sterilised jars.
Naturally home made jam calls for a home made treat and so when my friend Debbie called on Sunday, we enjoyed a different Sunday Gathering snack and an afternoon tea was the order of the day! This gal is my stalwart friend and it was nice to present her with a well deserved gift at the end of her second year at University.
Even Peter Rabbit joined in the fun!