Elderberry Jelly

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by dicentra

Version 2. From my files. I would do a hot water bath, not parafin to seal.. "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."

Top Review by Bonnie G 2

In the 7 years I've been living here on the ranch, I've watched the deer attack the elderberry trees that grow wild all around here. This year decided I wanted to find out (never had them before) what all the excitement was about so had DH collect some berries and tried this one out. WELL, I can tell you from now on those deer are going to have competition as this jelly is awesome; a combo of sweet and tart that I think is going to be a favorite from now on. I used the very small 4 oz jars as wanted samples for this and got 11 jars. I did the water bath as don't know how to do the paraffin and think that's for the best.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs elderberries
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1 (1 3/4 ounce) box fruit pectin
  • 4 12 cups sugar


  1. Heat the berries over a low fire until the juice starts to flow and then simmer the fruit for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid through a double layer of cheesecloth (easier if you cook the fruit in the evening and let it drain overnight).
  3. Mix the elderberry and lemon juices along with just enough water to make three cups of fluid.
  4. Add the pectin, bring the mixture to a boil and stir in the sugar.
  5. Bring the jelly to a full boil again for one minute, pour it into sterilized glasses and cover the jars with paraffin.

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