Elderberry wine

Put 3 gallons of water over the fire. Let boil then add 9 lb of white sugar. When this boils, add the white of one egg, well beaten. Let boil about 5 minutes then strain the white of egg off. Take from the fire and add 1 quart of Elder Blossoms picked from the stem and pressed hard in a qt cup when cold, add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and one cake of yeast let stand for 6 days stirring every day then strain. Add 3 pounds of raisins. Let stand until December then it is ready to use. The wine should be made the same day the blossoms are picked. [From the collection of Mrs. W.M. Douglas, Kansas City, MO, c. 1918]


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4 Responses to Elderberry wine

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  2. Sounds so delicious. I missed the Elderflowers but am catching the Elderberries this year to try my hand at winemaking.
    I’ll be blogging my experience at http://www.aboutabode.com and will certainly be following your blog now I’ve found you!

    • Hi Helen, thanks for following the site! I got some interesting comments on the Elderberry Wine recipe on my Facebook page, including some help deciphering it. These old handwritten recipes are always a hit. I love finding them tucked into a cookbook. I’ve checked out your site as well & am looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks for saying hello. -Jennifer (aka Cookbook Maven)

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