Elderberry Jelly Recipe

Author: Shannon @ Elderberry Edge Farm  3/1/19
Elderberry Jelly Recipe

 Best Elderberry Jelly Recipe

The elderberry jelly recipe was taken out of many pectin box inserts a few years ago as other more popular jelly recipes were added. Hopefully one day it will make it back in but until then this is a great elderberry jelly recipe to use.

Elderberry jelly can be used as a elderberry syrup alternative as a more reliable way to get the benefits of elderberry to your family. Elderberry jelly tastes like blackberry jelly with a twang. Few kids say no to the flavor of this elderberry jelly recipe. 

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Elderberry Jelly Prep time 20 minutes.

Cooking Time 40 minutes. 

Yield 5-6 1/2 pints

Elderberry Jelly Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 lbs fresh elderberries (about 6 cups)
  • OR 1 cup of dried elderberries plus 5 & 1/2 cups water
  • 1 box dry pectin
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
Elderberry Jelly Recipe Instructions 

Measure Sugar out first so that it is ready when you need it. Heat elderberries over low heat to boil. [add water if using dried elderberries]  Simmer for 15-20 minutes. *Strain elderberry pulp and seeds out and measure juice. Juice must equal 3 cups exactly. Add water if necessary. Return juice to clean pan and add lemon juice and pectin. Bring to full rolling boil while stirring, lower heat and dump in all of sugar. Stirring continuously, bring to full rolling boil again and boil for exactly two minutes.  Remove from heat, place in sterilized jars and process in hot water bath for required time based on YOUR altitude. 5 minutes for 1000 feet. 

*For an easier way to strain elderberries check out my Elderberry Strainer Bag, you will wonder why you ever bothered with cheesecloth.   

Elderberry Jelly Recipe Yield Varies between 5 and 3/4 to 6 half pints, and is dependent on how much liquid evaporates during boils.

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Serving size 1 Tablespoon [very generous most people use half this]
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