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I got this recipe from my friend Bethan in Wales. She's a vegetarian and always attends these wonderful meetings that involve very health conscious people. She often shares things with me and I was delighted when she sent me this little brochure with 3 very interesting Herbal Recipes that were put out by the West Wales Herb Group. I thought I'd share them with everyone on Recipezaar. I haven't made any of these as of yet, but if I do, I'll use agave nectar in it instead of sugar.
- Simmer the three above ingredients in 1 pint (2 cups of water) for 20 minutes.
- Let stand for 1/2 hour.
- Strain through a sieve pressing well.
- Then, add enough water to the simmered ingredients to bring the volume back up to 1 pint of liquid.
- Add the sugar and gently heat to dissolve the sugar in the hot liquid.
- Allow to cool and then pour into dark bottles and keep somewhere cool.
- Dosage: 2 teaspoons in a little water 3 times a day.
Based on all my research, if you heat the elderberries you destroy the anti-viral compound. My suggestion is to put the clean elderberries in the freezer for a week, which also helps with the flavor. Then thaw the berries in the amount of warm water called for in the recipe without simmering. I would smash them in the water and then drain through a seive.
When I make an elderberry tincture I do a straight alcohol extraction with 190 proof grain alcohol. However, this is not kid friendly so I would try the above suggestion. Hope this helps!
I was looking for an elderberry tincture that my kids would take. They've tried the glycerin one and hate it. I tried this with 3/4 honey instead of sugar and dried elderberries, and it tastes great! It's easier to take for the kids in a hot tea. But at least I don't have to argue as much to get them to take it. I decided to keep it in the fridge. Will update as to the medicinal quality after this batch of colds. I started it a little late for one child, but the other one just started it. Thanks Chef Joey! UPDATE: This does seem to help with the colds, as long as it's started right away. My kids now take it straight, 2-3 tsp at a time. UPDATE: This made it into my Top Fav's of 2009 cookbook (as probably my absolute favorite recipe of this year! We've made many batches.) Original Review 05-05-09.
This Stuff Works!!!! I make this every fall and put it in clean scalded jars. I replace part of the sugar with honey and add lemon juice then heat it to boiling. All of the grandchildren take it without trouble, they even ask for it! I also freeze berries and make new batches when needed. It helps my husbands smokers cough. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing !!!