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    Ours are only just coming out here, so I will be grabbing a few carrier bags and collect loads at the weekend I researched the times that they are best picked for best flavour, and some said first thing in the morning, and some said when it's sunny and warm. I've not noticed a huge difference in flavour, but then I really do pack the flowers in to the water, way more than recipes state
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    Quick question to those who make cordial.
    How long does it keep? Can you freeze it?
    I always make champagne but have never made cordial,thought I'd give it a go this year
    Cheers

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    There are many different subspecies of elder in the U.K. some say as many as 14. Some smell like the most exquisite perfume while others smell like cat pee. The smell does not change with age. Smell the flowers from each tree because one cat pee bunch will spoil the whole batch of wine. I normally come back from collecting with a green and yellow nose and the occasional sneeze. It is worth it to produc3 the queen of country wines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan79 View Post
    Cooler overnight temperature should increase sugar content. Later in the day the sugar is turned to carbohydrate... i think!
    The best time to collect is on a warm sunny day (if you can find one) best container is a paper bag which stops the sweating in a plastic bag. Someone I know doesn’t pick the heads but instead shakes the flowers into his paper bag. The flowers do have to be almost ready to drop but still have the fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrswadders View Post
    Quick question to those who make cordial.
    How long does it keep? Can you freeze it?
    I always make champagne but have never made cordial,thought I'd give it a go this year
    Cheers
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    I have never frozen cordial. If the bottles are sterilized well, I have used cordial up to a year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    I have never frozen cordial. If the bottles are sterilized well, I have used cordial up to a year old.
    Cheers! Sounds good to me,I've more room in the larder! (We'll hopefully if all the veggies produce bumper crops this year!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillithyme View Post
    I made some elderflower cordial over the last few days for the first time, let's just say I need to have another go as it was not that strong, maybe pick the flowers first thing in the morning and not in the evening
    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    Ours are only just coming out here, so I will be grabbing a few carrier bags and collect loads at the weekend I researched the times that they are best picked for best flavour, and some said first thing in the morning, and some said when it's sunny and warm. I've not noticed a huge difference in flavour, but then I really do pack the flowers in to the water, way more than recipes state
    I do that Sarriss, I use way more flower heads than the recipe says, leave them for more than 24 hours and squeeze the bloomin' life out of them when bottling

    Quote Originally Posted by mrswadders View Post
    Quick question to those who make cordial.
    How long does it keep? Can you freeze it?
    I always make champagne but have never made cordial,thought I'd give it a go this year
    Cheers
    I always put mine in the freezer in small plastic bottles and it works well. It never actually freezes because of the sugar content. Think Slushy texture. Lasts for ages that way.
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