|Elderberry flowers, June.|
This year, I remembered.
I got to my neighbor's bushes right after they were ripe enough for the birds, but I still got some.
In. The. World.
This is the color of enlightenment and wisdom. Eat this stuff and your IQ goes up. Really. I'm not exaggerating.
OK - I know some of you think that jelly is scary and hard. It's no harder than making spaghetti. Boil it, drain it, mix it with stuff, eat it. Only with jelly, you keep the stuff you drain off and toss the rest.
Jelly is easy to make. This is what you do for any fruit that you want to make jelly with.
- Gather the berries.
- Gently wash them and put them in a pan with some water so they don't burn when you forget them. Bring to a boil.
- Put them in a fine mesh strainer or in some cheesecloth and squeeze the juice out.
- Keep the juice and throw the skins and seeds to the chickens. They love it.
- Measure the juice.
- For every cup of juice, use 1 tablespoon pectin and 1/2 cup sugar
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