It appears that virtually half of everybody I do know is both sick proper now or simply getting over one thing, so I assumed it will be a very good time to share my technique of constructing elderberry syrup. Elderberries are utilized in many pure cures for chilly and flu, and it’s a lot simpler on the pocketbook to make it do-it-yourself. Plus, you’ll be able to tailor the flavour to your liking!
Keep away from this recipe you probably have an allergy or hypersensitivity to elder or honeysuckle crops.
Yield: 1 quart jar (about 3 cups completed)
- 1/2 cup dried natural elderberries, or 1 cup if utilizing recent or frozen berries
- 4 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp. floor ginger, or 1-inch chunk of recent ginger, peeled (non-obligatory)
- 1/2 tsp complete cloves (non-obligatory)
- As soon as completed: 1 cup uncooked honey (or maple syrup, see “aspect notes”)
In a medium pot, convey the elderberries, cinnamon stick, ginger, non-obligatory components (if you happen to want) and water to a boil, then cut back to a medium-high simmer for half-hour.
Take away from warmth and permit the combination to chill till lukewarm. Then pressure by way of a high-quality mesh sieve. Reserve the strained liquid in a bowl or measuring cup.
Use the again of a spoon to press down on the berries to extract as a lot liquid as potential. As soon as cooled, stir within the honey till dissolved, and retailer in a clear canning jar with lid securely tightened on.
Retailer within the fridge and use inside 6 months.
To make use of the elderberry syrup, adults can take 1 tablespoon of it each day or as much as thrice a day when feeling underneath the climate. Or stir a tablespoon into teas or different drinks.
Rather than honey, you’ll be able to substitute 3/4 cup pure maple syrup. That may be stirred in as soon as the solids have been strained from the syrup. You don’t want to attend till the liquid cools as directed for including uncooked honey.
Different components to think about including are cardamom pods; herbs reminiscent of mint, rosemary or thyme; or lemon juice.
This recipe has been tailored from WECK Residence Preserving with permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.