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Hi all you clever cooks. I made elderberry syrup this year and then elderberry vodka and I now have some elderberries soaked in vodka and sweetened. It seems an awful waste to throw them away any tips? What could I do with them? Hope someone can help. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,876
    They have a lot of tannin in them so can be quite rough on your innards … I knew someone who used them in a mixed fruit jam, but it wasn’t very nice to be honest … I add them to the compost heap and let the birds and mice have a party 😉 

    💡 or you could give them to @Busy-Lizzie … if she scattered them on the ground perhaps the dratted cockerel that keeps waking her up would eat them and get sozzled… then she’d be able to catch him at last!  There’s going to be a shortage of poultry this Christmas because of Avian flu, my butcher tells me … that cockerel might come in handy 😉  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,039
    @Dovefromabove that’s a thought and the berries would add to the flavour of the bird. 
    Just me being frugal maybe the bin is the best place for them. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,078
    edited October 2022
    Thanks for the thought @Dovefromabove! I'm going back to France soon and I don't think Ryanair would let me on the plane with a dead cockerel in my bag 😲
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,876
    @Busy-Lizzie 😊  Someone I worked with used to take two roasted chickens in foil and clingfilm to Spain with her every year in her suitcase …  because she didn’t trust a lot of the foreign food … she was right not to trust it apparently, because she always came back with an upset tummy!!! 🙄 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • The fruit left over from making liquors etc. is not really edible because they have had all of their juice drawn out by the alcohol and sugar. I tried eating blackcurrants and cherries after making liquors and they were very dry and mealy, not nice. I ended up putting them on the compost heap to recycle. I was a bit worried I might find zillions of blackcurrant seedlings growing all over the garden but it never happened.
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,598
    Could you boil some up to make a tart sauce or preserve to have with cold meat or cheese? Or freeze them until you come up with an idea!
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