Skip the store. Just open your freezer for homemade jam. This recipe lets you have homemade elderberry jam any time of year.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 112 servings
3-1/4 cups prepared fruit (buy about 2 qt. fully ripe elderberries)
1/4 cup juice from 2 lemon s
1 box MCP Pectin
4-1/2 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
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Let's Make It
Rinse clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
Crush elderberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Sieve half of the berries to remove seeds, if desired. Measure exactly 3-1/4 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Add lemon juice; mix well.
Stir pectin into prepared fruit in bowl. Let stand 30 min., stirring every 5 min. Gradually add sugar, stirring after each addition until well blended. Stir additional 3 min. or until most of the sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
Fill all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. If frozen, thaw in refrigerator before using.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
How to Crush Berries
Place washed and picked-over berries in a shallow bowl, then crush with a potato masher or pastry blender until desired consistency.
Avoid Doubling Jam Recipes
Doubling jam recipes can mean double trouble! Even a small mistake is magnified by multiple batches which could result in the jam not setting properly. Follow recipe exactly as written and prepare two separate batches.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
about 7 (1-cup) containers or 112 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.