Homemade Elderberry Syrup…

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A few posts ago I wrote about my phobia of germs.  As we were at the height of flu and cold season I really needed to find something to ease my paranoia of the whole family getting sick.  My research led me to elderberries and elderberry syrup.  It is sold at health food and vitamin stores, and most grocery stores.  A small bottle can cost up to $11, and will last my family less than a week.  As you can see, the price can quickly add up.

A fellow high school alum read my post about elderberries and decided to make her own syrup.  I patiently waited for her to post the results of her concoction before I took the leap in to making my own (her syrup turned out great, by the way).

You can find various recipes online. Here is how I made mine:

  • 1/3 cup dried elderberries
  • cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • Tbsp of fresh chopped ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup wild honey (I used raw honey)

Combine everything except the honey. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until liquid is reduced to half. Strain. Use spoon to squeeze juice out of the berries. Mix in honey. Enjoy!

My family takes one tablespoon every morning.  My kids love this syrup more than the store bought versions.

My love of elderberries continues.  I was lucky to receive two jars of elderberry jelly from my awesome mother-in-law, and recently purchased some local elderberry wine.  Seeing how much I have fallen in love with this berry my husband recently went on one of his crazy splurges.   Wondering what it is?  See the picture below.

A post on this latest project will follow soon…  stay tuned ya’ll!

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Call me the black sheep of the family. I’m a 30-something (pushing 40) socially inept gal living in the beautiful state of Maine, mother of two rambunctious children, to include two dogs with a combined weight of 300 lbs. I met my husband, self-professed anti-social media mogul, in Japan. We met in November 1998, married in May 1999… happily ever after. After much exploration, and two children later, we settled in Maine to raise our family away from the hassles of city life. Surrounded by trees and clean air we’ve built a spectacular life on 3 acres. Folks may call us anti-social… we like to call ourselves pr0-self. We value each other, our family and our passions in life more than pleasing others. I buy milk in glass bottles. I drive a Prius. I am a weather junkie. I must drink a cup of coffee daily. I believe in buying local. I love knitting but don’t do it often enough. Sunflowers make me happy. Fishing calms my soul. This blog is about my love of a simpler life… family, love, gardening, nature, independence. This is the place where I will share it, and begin my journey to obtain that life, one step at a time.

2 responses to “Homemade Elderberry Syrup…

  1. Emiko

    I really am extremely thankful that you posted about elderberries when you did and also glad I learned to make my own syrup – I’m sure you agree w/ me now too that it tastes much better w/ the addition of local raw honey and it has so far kept the sickies away (although it had made its nasty rounds through the office I work at).

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