Recipes for Elderberries ~ Collection.
Most all of my recipes for elderberries use elderberry juice. The easiest way by far that I have found to get the juice is to use a juice steamer. Scroll down for juice steamer tips. Would you like to grow your own elderberries or perhaps different varieties? I sell cuttings the first quarter of the year, check my Farm Store for what I have on hand.
***Elderberries are not to be consumed raw. The raw berry is slightly toxic, meaning it can make you nauseous if to many raw berries are eaten. Cooking the berries will release this toxin as a gas, making the berries/juice safe to eat. It is important to remove the berries from the stems before cooking even if you will be straining them off and only using the juice. The stems are also slightly toxic. A few stems in your cooking pot will not hurt but please remove as many as you have the patience for.
Juicing your Elderberries
Norpro is the steam juicer brand I use. It was recommended to me by a wine company who had gone through several brands before coming across it. Any juice steamer should work if you are not going to use it often. For the amount I use mine, I wanted one that was going to last. Norpro certainly fits that bill. If you are going to buy a juicer please consider Norpro. It is of very high quality and will last you for years.
Norpro Stainless Steamer, Juicer
Even with the juicer you still must remove the stems before using in recipes for elderberries. The stems do carry some toxic properties. I have found that rinsing the cluster, shake dry and freezing them on the stem make this task easier. When I am ready to use elderberries I remove the cluster bag from freezer and hold a cluster over my juicer top pan and roll berries off. An alternative way to extract juice from your berries is to place them in a non-reactive pan and add a bit of water to the bottom. Bring slowly to boil while mashing them, let cool slightly and either using cheese cloth, a strainer, or both squeeze out the juice.