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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Homemade Elderberry Syrup In The Pressure Cooker

    This homemade elderberry syrup is great for cold & flu!

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 This has been a tough season for colds and flu. Thankfully my family has escaped the flu but we did suffer through a nasty cold virus. My youngest has had some sort of bug three times while the other boys only had one cold. Even this mom who never gets sick had one day of feeling sick with a sore throat. I am glad that the boys recovered quickly from this bug. My sickness only lasted a day. I credit my family quickly getting well from the use of elderberry syrup, vitamin C, and my honey lemon ginger tea. I ingest all these natural remedies, several times a day, at the first sign of a cold and I always feel better the next day. My boys have not learned the signs of a cold coming on yet so there colds usually last a couple of days compared to my one day. I ran out of the elderberry sample that I received from a conference last year so I decided to make my own elderberry syrup. I was surprised at how easy it was to make and so much cheaper than store-bought. You can buy dried elderberries Here.

Elderberry: A Natural Remedy for Mild Colds and Flu?
 Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. These dried berries are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly.

Elderberry Syrup: An Easy/Delicious Way to Get the Benefits Of Elderberry
  I like to use natural remedies for colds as traditional medicines only relieve the symptoms. A natural remedy like elderberry instead helps boost the immune system so your body can fight the germs. Elderberry syrup provides the concentrated immune-supporting benefits of black elderberries in a great-tasting way. My homemade recipe uses homemade elderberry concentrate with herbs like cinnamon and ginger, plus raw honey for not only taste but for an extra immune boost. I got my dried elderberries online but you can find them also at health food stores. Since you only need 2/3 of a cup to make a batch, the dried berries will make several bottles of elderberry syrup. Black elderberry syrup will boost your immune system to help your body fight germs from the flu and coronavirus.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup
2/3 cup dried black elderberries (about 3 ounces)
3 1/2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3/4 cup raw honey

Put all ingredients, except honey in the pressure cooker pot, seal lid, and set manually for 9 minutes on high pressure. Vent pressure and mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl, discard the elderberries. I like to strain my syrup through a wire mesh strainer and I also press on the berries with a spoon to get all the liquid out. When the syrup has cooled stir in the honey. Store the syrup in the fridge.

You can also make the elderberry syrup on the stovetop if you don't have a pressure cooker.

 Pour water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon. (do not add honey!)
 Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

Elderberry syrup is also great for a daily immune booster!
The standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear. You can also make delicious gummies with the elderberry syrup.

Make sure to check out my recipe for these delicious Elderberry Cold & Flu Fighting Gummies!



Sarah Bailey said...

Oh my goodness I bet this is absolutely amazing I wouldn't have thought of making anything like this at home! But I bet it is just the best.

Unknown said...

This sounds amazing! I have never heard of this before, thanks for sharing!

Wendy Polisi said...

I would so love to try elderberry syrup! I just got a new pressure cooker too!

Irina Rena said...

I have not heard of elderberry syrup before. This looks like some tasty stuff!

Athena said...

Excellent - I am always looking for more ways to use my pressure cooker. Thanks for the idea!

Blair Villanueva said...

This is amazing! I will send this to my Mom. She enjoys making homemade stuffs. Looks tasty!

Jessica said...

I've heard about elderberry before. But I like the idea of doing all this stuff in the pressureure cooker. You can personalize it.

Marie at Complete Literature said...

I have never heard of elderberry syrup. My standby has always been honey lemon syrup. I would love to try this one too!

Jamie said...

Great information!! My elderberry vitamins have been what has saved me this past year. Safe for the medication I'm on, helps my immunity and taste great!

Lisa Joy Thompson said...

I was soooo excited about this recipe, but the dried elderberries are unavailable. I'll have to see if I can find them somewhere else.

Celebrate Woman said...

Tara, I was walking in the store the other day and looking at the prices of the Elderberry syrup. Humongous! Now, I know how to make it my own kitchen. I just need to get the dried berries. Great!

S. Graham said...

My mom used to spoon feed that stuff to me when I was younger. I had forgotten all about it until I saw this. Definitely want to try some of my own!

Britt K said...

This is great! It looks so easy and we just got a pressure cooker for Christmas, so I'm ALL over that!

Gust si Aroma said...

I've nere tried to make elderberry syrup at home! It seems so easy with your tips!

Cristina Petrini said...

Thanks for teaching us how to do it, because I love it!

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Ooooh this is awesome! I've heard elderberries are so good for you, I'm going to have to try this out!

Monica said...

I feel like the germ season is never ending! This is a great idea to make some of this syrup at home. My kids would love the gummies.

Lisa said...

Given the situation with the Coronavirus, this is a great way to pass the time. I’ll try it out.

Pearl Haskins said...

We have been taking our elderberry gummy vitamins! I would love to drink elderberry juice!

Prime Beauty said...

This sounds great, I'll have to try it with some huckleberries I picked.

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