If, by chance, you have oceans of elderberries around you like we do here in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, you might consider drying them to preserve them. Drying elderberries is very popular. In fact, it is the primary way to purchase elderberries that have been harvested and processed for you. The internet abounds with recipes on turning dried elderberries into elderberry syrup. We typically use fresh berries but discuss both approaches in our elderberry syrup recipe here.
At the risk of being absolutely obvious, there is really no good reason I can think of to dry your berries only later to turn them into syrup. If you are going to use that syrup in the next couple of years, I would spend the time making the syrup instead of drying berries and then I would can them using a water bath canning method. I often freeze syrup as well if I am going to use it in the next year (which I always do).
However, you might want dried elderberries for some other project or, perhaps, so that you can just store them in a jar in the pantry and make syrup in small batches. By all means, use the method that works best in your household.
The method is simple, but here are some points to keep in mind:…
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