Homemade + Fresh
This post is entirely fly by the seat of my pants, as I didn't even know I had Elderberries on our property. Our sweet neighbor had driven down the road on her bike with her girls to introduce herself to her neighbors, and we invited them to come take some of our abundance of apples. That second stop, she pointed them out, and I was SO excited! Mind you, it's only a new plant, which I know because it wasn't there last year, but it produced three bunches of berries!
So, I thought, I cannot let these go to waste, I picked them, and the kiddos helped me pick them off their stems, and away we went. This was such a small batch, not even what the recipe called for, but it was what I had, so I got one jam jar out of it. I also added a drop of Thieves essential oil for an added boost! Win win.
Elderberry Syrup (fresh berries)
175 g elderberries
2 c water, divided
1 tsp potato starch (optional)
2 TBSP raw honey
1 drop Thieves essential oil
Pick your berries into a glass container and weigh them on a kitchen scale. Be sure to zero out the scale with your glass container on it first, then add the berries. Place berries and water in pan and bring to a boil. Stir every so often and let boil for 30 minutes, and mash the berries during this time. Strain berry mixture through cheese cloth, letting sit for about an hour. You will end up squeezing the juice at the end. Add one cup of water return to pot; bring to a boil. At this point, I wanted to make mine a little thicker, so I added 1 tsp of potato starch, 1/2 tsp at a time (make sure to stir this in a tiny bit of water first, or it won't mix well). Whisk well. Take off heat, pour into a sterilized jam jar with a funnel, add honey and essential oil. This lasts in the fridge for one month.
You can easily double, even triple this. This was all the berries I had. You can also use dried berries from Amazon, but you also have to increase water to reconstitute them. A simple Pinterest search can direct you to a recipe with dried berries. You may also hot water bath extra jars for 10 minutes for longer storage.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, you may consult your doctor before using.
How we use elderberry syrup: my kiddos take 1 tsp every day in the fall/winter season, preventatively. My youngest, I give him a very small teaspoon. When under the weather, we take it up to 3 times daily.
One last thought I had on these berries. Isn't it amazing how God provides for our bodies by what grows? The fact that elderberries ripen in the fall when we tend to feel under the weather is incredible!