Let me just start by saying DON’T JUICE RANDOM BERRIES YOU FIND IN THE WOODS. Be a responsible forager and clearly and thoroughly identify your forest berries before you consume.
OK, now that that is out of the way, let me share with you our recent foray into the world of elderberries:
I knew that elderberries were considered hella good for you (packed with vitamin C and all those good cold and flu fighting antioxidants and vitamins) – so when Derek came back from foraging in the nearby woods for chanterelle mushrooms and mentioned he had found the motherland of elderberry clusters while he was out, well, we were excited to put those elderberries to use! Five gallons of elderberries later…
Now, my intention is to eventually make elderberry syrup – but recently we’ve been pinched for time, so, in the meantime, I did a quick juicing (bringing the berries to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 min, then strain) and froze the juice. Hopefully, when our schedule slows down I can make a yummy elderberry syrup – but a quick juice with fresh ginger, lemon peel, and one batch with a pinch of cloves will hold us over. I might have added a smidgeon of granulated OG raw sugar to the pot, too. Maybe. 🙂
Note: when boiling use equal parts water to berries. I just threw my berries in a big pot and covered with water. SUPER scientific. If using dried berries, the ratio is 1 part berries 2 parts water.
What I didn’t freeze we’ve been enjoying with soda water from the Soda Stream. The color is vibrant and lovely – add a splash of fresh lime or lemon juice and you have yourself a tasty homemade soda provided by the forest!
Here’s a quick WebMD bit about elderberries. And here is another source of information regarding these berries.
Stay tuned for when I transform the juice into syrup in the coming months!
Until then, here are some images of the berry-to-beverage transformation:
…and as an added bonus, I’ve included the music I made sweet juice to. Ha! The perks of following Nibs and Bits.
…and if you’re looking for literature on where to start with herbal remedies and goodness, you can’t go wrong with Rosemary: