These courses are provided free for Derbyshire (UK) residents, you will need to provide a valid Derbyshire based home address.About this EventMake your own elderflower cordial that is every bit as good if not better than any you can buy in the shops!Approximate course length: 1 hourThis course is for: Anyone who is interested in making food and drink from wild plants and wants to have a go at making their own cordial from locally picked elderflowers.The course will cover:This short course will cover:
• How to make sure you know it is elderflowers you are collecting
• How to make sure you avoid possible pollutants when collecting wild food
• Step by step simple photo instructions on making your cordial
• Information on how to store and serve your cordial
• Suggestions for other elderflower/elderberry recipes that you might want to try
This course can be done online (via a website called Nearpod) at a time and pace to suit you. There are no exams or formal assessments.
Work outside of sessions: You will need to get together some basic kitchen equipment and other ingredients for the cordial before collecting your elderflowers. We recommend doing this before accessing the course. Please see the section below for details.
We also hope you will want to put what you have learned into practice and make some cordial!
Additional costs and what to prepare: This course is offered free of charge and there are no other costs.
You will need a smart phone, tablet, laptop or other computer with internet access to take part in this online session. You may also want a pen and paper so that you can make your own notes, but full instructions are given in the course and a handout with the instructions for making cordial will be available to download as part of the course.
To prepare for this course you will need to buy / make sure you have got the following ingredients:
• 1.8kg granulated white sugar
• 2 lemons (unwaxed ideally but not vital)
• 75g Citric Acid (buy online from chemists or home-brewing websites)
• 20 heads of elderflower (only pick these when you are ready to make your cordial)
You will also require the following kitchen utensils:
• Large pan – big enough to take 3 litres of liquid
• Large bowl – minimum 3 litres
• Wooden spoon
• Measuring jug
• Kitchen weighing scales
• Sharp knife
• Chopping board
• Large tea towel or cloth (to cover bowl)
• Sieve or muslin to strain your cordial
• Large plastic or glass bottle(s) with tight fitting lid to store your cordial e.g. empty 2 litre spring water or fizzy drink bottle
• Funnel to get cordial into bottle (not vital but useful)
You might want to wear protective clothing such as gloves, long sleeved top and trousers and boots/ wellies when collecting your elderflowers, depending on where the bush(es) are situated. Watch out for brambles and nettles!
To download information about your course visit:How to access your course: You can access this Nearpod session at a time to suit you at any point during the advertised 30 day period. An email with joining details will be sent within 3 working days of the start date of the course.Progression from this course: You may wish to progress to making other wild food and drink recipes, using elder and other wild plants. You will be able to download some further recipes at the end of the course. Or you might want to come on ‘Drying and Preserving Herbs and Flowers for Food’ to find out how to preserve wild plants for use out of season. Or ‘Seasonal Herbal Remedies’ to discover how you can use garden and wild plants and herbs as medicines.
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