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Elderflowers again this time Champagne

They say you can never have too much of a good thing and it seems that currently the elderflower proliferation in our neighborhood is crying out for foraging. 

After making some cordial from dried flower the other day we collected a huge amount and dried it. 

We were very careful not to take to much from any one plant but we gathered a large bag full by choosing a few heads from each of several large bushes. Each plant still had masses of flowers. 

Then I dried them in three batches in our dehydrator. 

Elderflower Champagne

Meanwhile we decided to explore elderflower champagne. Last year we spent a day foraging with the Galloway Forager and his recipe caught my eye. It looked short and simple. He’s the best place to go for foraged ideas and knowledge. 

We’ve made the rash decision to start it in a demijohn rather than a brewing bucket which will make straining it a challenge but so far so good after three days it’s looking good. 

We haven’t go news on what it is like yet but will attempt to lead you know in a few weeks. 

Plus the next stage of the process will be interesting. 

8 comments on “Elderflowers again this time Champagne

  1. pedrol
    June 12, 2016

    is it a strong drink? 🙂 PedroL

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lovely update thank you for sharing have a blessed day


  3. bcparkison
    June 15, 2016

    save some of the flowers to go to fruit. Make syrup for ice cream. so good


    • lizard100
      June 15, 2016

      I’m hoping we’ll find berries this year. The bushes are all around the area so we forage them.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Mike Evans
    June 26, 2016

    I had great success with elderflower champagne one year, but tried again the year before last and it went nasty on me. Just a word of warning – can I suggest that when it’s ready you put it into strong PLASTIC bottles – like old tonic bottles. Withe the plastic ones you can tell that the pressure is getting high as they start to deform. Glass just explodes – both dangerous and messy.

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    • lizard100
      June 26, 2016

      Thanks Mike. We are almost ready to transfer it now so that’s good advice.


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