We’re halfway through winter which means that sickness/flu season seems to be it’s peek. With a house full of little ones (and a baby) I have been working hard to keep us as healthy as we can be. Lots of hand washing, trying to be wise about what outings we go on, ALL the sleep/good rest and of course our daily round of probiotics and Elderberry Syrup.
If you’re new to hearing about Elderberry Syrup. Here’s a little recap of what it is and it’s benefits…
Elderberries are a fruit that comes from the plant called Sambucus. They work as an anti oxidant, they’re packed with Vitamin C/Vitamin A and are most importantly they are fantastic for boosting your immunity. There are many other amazing benefits that Elderberries provide, but those are the ones to take note of when it comes to staying healthy.
I had been purchasing pre-made Elderberry Syrup the past few years. But, with 5 children and 2 adults drinking it… it began to get a bit expensive. An 8oz bottle is around $22. If you’re in a pinch or maybe you don’t have as many people in your house, the pre-made bottle is a great way to go. But… if you’re needing larger quantities at a cheaper price, I would recommend you make your own!
I did the math on it and it’s around $2.75 per ounce for a pre-made bottle. To make it, it’s around .93 an ounce.
I made ours in my Instant Pot, but you could easily do it on your stove or in your crockpot too. This recipe makes around 5 cups of Elderberry Syrup.
4 cups Elderberries: I used the entire bag that I linked
2 cups Raw Honey: if you can find local honey that is the best. Otherwise this brand works great too!
2 Lemons: You’ll grate around 2-3 teaspoons of zest. And then squeeze half a lemon for the juice.
3 Cinnamon Sticks
5 Cups Water
Add your Elderberries, Lemon Zest, Cinnamon Sticks and Water into your Instant Pot (NOT the honey).
Put the lid on your Instant Pot and lock it (make sure to listen to the beep so you know it’s locked properly).
Double check that your vent is closed.
Push the Manual Button and adjust it to 8 minutes.
You’ll want to let it naturally release the pressure once those 8 minutes are up.
After the pressure has released remove the lid.
Push Saute on the Instant Pot and let the elderberries/liquid boil for about 5 minutes.
Turn the Instant Pot off and let the elderberries cool.
Place your strainer over a large glass bowl.
You’ll then pour your berries/syrup over the strainer.
Use your spatula to press the berries down into the strainer to get out all the syrup.
NOW you’ll incorporate your honey!
Pour your honey into the Elderberry juice and whisk it in.
Once it’s fully incorporated you can pour the Elderberry Syrup into glass bottles and refrigerate.
It’ll keep up to 3 months in the fridge.