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how to make elderberry jam
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Elderberry Jam

Elderberry jam is a delicious and healthy spread for toast or a topping for yogurt or oatmeal.
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:30 mins


  • 4-5 cups elderberries, picked off their stems
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 whole lemon, juiced
  • 2-3 TBSP frozen apple juice concentrate or ¾ cup apple juice
  • 1 TBSP pectin


  • With a fork, pick elderberries off their stems. You can freeze them beforehand to make this easier.
  • Place the elderberries, lemon juice, apple juice concentrate, and sugar in a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat until the elderberries are mostly popped.
  • Add the pectin, stir well, and continue to boil for another 5 mins.
  • Do a gel test: drop a bit of jam on a cold plate. If it gels, it's ready. Otherwise continue boiling it or adding a bit more pectin.
  • Fill in sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch to the top of the jar. Put lids on and process as desired, such as pressure canning or water bath canning.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: elderberry jam
Servings: 4 jars
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Our Gabled Home
Cost: $4