Elderberry reuse?

Any idea if I can make a second batch from the same elderberries before I toss them? Seems a shame to waste such lovely berries. 

Thanks for taking my question, and hopefully I didn't miss this topic if it has been addressed before.


  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Give it a try -- you have nothing to lose.

    Another thought is to add sweetener and eat them. (I have a loose tea blend with hibiscus, elderberries, cranberries and currants. It is not unusual for me to munch on the wet leaves/fruit before I compost them.)

    And welcome to the forum.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,516 admin

    Welcome to TGN's forum @pksalisbury.

    Personally, I wouldn't make a second batch of syrup for medicinal purposes although, I think I may have seen that somewhere on the internet.

    You could boil them again, strain, add sweetener and use as a base for a spritzer with club soda.

    You could reuse them in a vinegar. Just cover with vinegar and let steep for a few days. Strain and use as a base for salad dressings.

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

    I would eat them, just as food, but only in small amounts, certainly never more than 1/4 cup. We keep it down to about 2 T when we eat them. They are lovely and tasty and I'm sure there are still health benefits left even though they may no longer be medicinal.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,374 admin

    Welcome to our forum, @pksalisbury! Please take a moment to look over our rules area in Our Front Porch & leave a short introduction in Introductions. You will find both in the link below.

    I have fed used elderberries to our chickens. They won't harm them in any way, and they love them.

  • MelissaLynne
    MelissaLynne Posts: 205 ✭✭✭

    I too feed the used elderberries to my chickens. :)

  • Wendy
    Wendy Posts: 138 ✭✭✭

    Add a little honey when heating them, gently, and add them to oatmeal, smoothies, or muffins.