Elderberry is a powerful immune booster, and it can help stave off the common cold, and shorten the duration of the colds that we do get. Our family takes 1 tsp of elderberry each morning, and when we're feeling under the weather, we up our dose to up to 4 tsp.
I'm not a medical expert, and I make no medical claims for elderberry's effectiveness - but since it seems to help us greatly, I'm sharing the super simple recipe to make your own!
Elderberry from the store is pricey, and the stuff without additives, dyes, sugar, etc is ever pricier!
We prefer the gummies for our kids, because giving toddlers spoonfuls of dark purple syrup just doesn't usually end well. But the gummies from the store are full of, and coated in sugar!
I had no idea that it could be so easy to make my own gummies, until I got a little bit scrappy and frugal, and went on the hunt for a recipe.
I generally follow Happy Healthy Mama's recipe for the syrup, but I generally add a little bit more ginger and a little bit less honey.
For the gummies, I started with Wellness Mama's recipe.
Here we go, for the easy step by step! (I'm not fancy enough for a printable recipe card yet - I'm sorry!)
- 3/4 cup dried elderberries (I use these from Frontier, but these are also organic and a few dollars less
- 3 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick (OR 1 tsp dry cinnamon)
- 1 tsp whole cloves (OR 1 tsp ground cloves)
- 1 TBSP fresh grated ginger (I store it in the freezer - makes it easier to grate!) OR 1 tsp dry ginger powder
- 3/4-1 cup honey (choose a raw and unfiltered variety like this one)
- Combine the first 5 ingredients (everything except the honey) in a saucepan and simmer for about 45 minutes until it's reduced by about half.
- Allow to cool, then pour through a fine mesh strainer. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to press all of the liquid out of the berries.
- Mix in the honey
- Store in jars, and optionally reserve 1 cup to make gummies
- 1 cup elderberry syrup
- 1/4 cup unflavored gelatin power (I like Vital Proteins, Zint, or NOW Foods)
- 1/2 cup hot (not boiling) water
- Whisk together 1/4 cup of the elderberry syrup with the gelatin powder. It'll get very thick.
- Add the hot water, and whisk until all dissolved (see my note below)
- Mix in the remaining 3/4 cups of elderberry syrup
- Pour into your silicon molds (I found mine at Home Goods, but these Bears are super fun! These Cubes are similar to the molds that I use)
- Refrigerate to set (approx 30 mins-1 hr), then pop them out and store in an air tight container. I find that they last about 10 days-2 weeks in the fridge.
*Note on dissolving the gelatin: I have made a couple of batches in which the hot water wasn't enough to dissolve the gelatin fully. In that case, I improvised a double boiler by placing my glass pyrex measuring cup in a saucepan with a couple of cups of water. I heated the water, but didn't allow it to boil, and whisked my mixture just until it was all dissolved. Don't allow it to get too hot, because that'll kill all of the good stuff in the honey.
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