A couple of weeks ago, from my chair in the living room I watched the pigeons sitting in the elder trees pinching all the berries. So when dc at Frugal in Norfolk mentioned picking elderberries for making syrup I commented that the birds get them all far too quickly. Then I was carrying my re-cycling bag down the lane for the bin-men to collect and noticed a tree further down the lane was loaded with elderberries which the pigeons obviously hadn't found. Back I went with my colander and scissors
Then searched for the recipe and found it in a favourite book
Soon had them stripped from the stalk and measured - 1¼ pints- and into a saucepan. Covered with water and tight lid and simmered for 45 minutes, squished with a potato masher. Left to cool, strained, measured and tipped into clean saucepan. Same volume of sugar added, boiled and stirred to dissolve sugar then simmered and stirred for 5 minutes and into hot bottles. I bought these Kilner bottles from a charity shop a couple of years ago and nearly took them to the car boot sale - good thing I didn't.
Autumn bottled! ready to protect me from colds............a spoonful a day in warm water should do it.
Thank you for comments yesterday.