I was reading Stalking the Wild Asparagus before bed the other night, the chapter where he raves about sumac-elderberry jelly. It just happens to be peak season for both sumac berries and elderberries, so I decided to make some jelly last night.
The elderberries are simmered and crushed to make the juice (I used a potato masher,) The sumac berries are prepared similarly.
I was planning to give my CSA members elderberries in their veggie boxes today, but I figured they might appreciate finished jelly more - so they each got a jar.
I had enough of both juices left to make a second batch of jelly this afternoon. I might just make a third batch for future gifts.
Here is the recipe I used, from this website, that is very close to Euell Gibbons' instructions: