First the berries are washed and cleaned of all stems. Unripe berries are picked out and disposed of. Next they are loaded into a pot with a small amount of water, and mashed as they are heated.
They cook for about 20 minutes before being strained through a jelly bag.
Ladle hot jelly into hot jars as you pull the sterilized containers from the pressure cooker. Clean rims before screwing on lids. Process in pressure cooker for 10 - 20 minutes
It's so delicious that it is hard to believe that this fruit is growing on bushes by roadsides and left to wither. I wish every city landscaped with edible fruit trees so the citizens who are not lucky enough to have a garden could glean some of this gorgeous food.
Elderberry jelly has a rich tangy cherry-raspberry flavor. Great as a spread or with a meat dish (use it the way you serve cranberry sauce.) Worth every second of effort! Canning gives me that old timey feeling. I like it.