Both of my littles came down with a cold so I made Elderberry Syrup in the instant pot and realized I am right on time to head off sickness this time of year!
Now that I am getting fairly good at gardening (except for dealing with leaf footed bugs- ugh!) I am going to plan part of my garden space next year for medicinal plants. I am absolutely in love with the idea of having a medicine cabinet filled with syrups, herbs and tinctures I grew. I have a lot to learn so I haven’t done this yet.
I do, however know how to make elderberry syrup and have been making it for years. Want to hear a funny story? I typically get super annoyed when people type out these long stories when all I want it a ding dang recipe! But this one is a good one, I promise.
About 10 years ago I was at work and pulled out some elderberry syrup that I made. I was feeling the beginnings of a cold and wanted to head it off. My co-worker asked me about it and after I explained what it was he asked if he could buy some. He became my first customer! My other co-worker started to tease me by calling me a witch doctor! He thought it was ridiculous that this syrup could actually prevent my cold from setting in. I offered him some for free to prove how effective it was.
After that season he realized I was right so instead of continuing to sell it to him, I gave him the recipe and links to buy the ingredients so he could make it himself. Well here we are 10 years later and he has an annual elderberry syrup making day in his crock pot. He swears by it!
Many of the syrups you can buy at the store are filled with terrible ingredients so making your own ensures you are giving your family the best ingredients possible. If you must buy it, this is the place I recommend. Super good ingredients at a good price. Click here to check it out!
- 1 cup organic dried elderberries
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1-2 inches knob of organic ginger
- 2 organic cinnamon sticks
- 2 tablespoons organic rose hips
- Add after pressure cooking and cooling
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup of raw honey (to taste)
- Organic lemon juiced
- Add elderberries, filtered water, ginger and cinnamon sticks into instant pot.
- Add the lid and make sure the steam release knob is closed.
- Pressure cook for 15 minutes on high pressure, turn off the warming feature. Allow to manually release the pressure when it's done.
- Remove the lid and strain the liquid into a bowl to cool.
- Once the mixture is cool, add the raw honey (make sure it's not too hot so it doesn't kill all the good properties of raw honey).
- Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice.
- Add more sweetener or lemon to taste.
- Pour into glass jars