Processing Elderberry. 8 August 2010 Processing Elderberries.

Eight pounds of elderberries were picked this morning, and removed from the branches. The berries were picked by snapping off the fruit bearing branch and placing in a plastic bag. The problem is removing the small berries from the branches. Usually the process is done by hand plucking. Since I had a 1/2 inch screen, it was decided to see if this would work. It did with amazing results. The berry removal only took a few minutes and was more than satisfactory. After all the berries were removed, all were put through the mesh again to trap any small branch parts remaining. This could be improved by utilizing as 1/4 mesh screen, which was not available. The berries will be used for juice, some cooked as a table fruit, and some frozen for later use in juice.

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