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No-Mess Elderberry Juice

canned elderberry juice elderberry juice right after processing (photo by jhy)
You will need: elderberries- 1 c for each quart
3/8 c. sugar, or 1/8 c sugar and 1/4 c sugar substitute for each quart
quart canning jars
lids, rings
jar lifter, potholders, etc

This method of making juice does not result in a beverage you can drink immediately, but it's incredibly easy. You have to wait a few months to drink the juice.

I've used this method of making juice with several different kinds of fruit, but this post will focus on elderberry. It is very easy, except for the task of taking the elderberries off their stems.

Wash and sterilize as many quart jars as you think you will need. You can cover with a clean towel and let them rest until you have the fruit ready.

You'll need one cup of clean elderberries for each quart. Try to remove all the small purple stems, but it won't matter if you miss a few.

dry pack elderberry juice elderberries and sweetener, before adding boiling water (photo by jhy)
Set water to boil- enough to fill all the jars you plan to use. Then, in each quart jar put 1 c of berries and 3/8 c of sweetener. This can be all sugar, or part sugar and part substitute. I have not tried it with all sugar substitute, but it would probably work since there is no texture issue in this recipe as there is with baking.

Fill jars with boiling water, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Clean rim, put on lids and rings. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. See basic instructions for hot water bath canning. canning.

The just-processed juice will be clear to translucent. When the jars have cooled, remove rings and place the juice in a pantry or somewhere to store for at least three months before opening. Over this time, the juice will develop.

When you open a jar, strain and remove the remaining fruit. The juice is then ready to drink.


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