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    Elderberry Cough Syrup

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    55 mins

    35 mins

    20 mins

    Chef Joey Z.'s Note:

    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.

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    1. 1
      Simmer the three above ingredients in 1 pint (2 cups of water) for 20 minutes.
    2. 2
      Let stand for 1/2 hour.
    3. 3
      Strain through a sieve pressing well.
    4. 4
      Then, add enough water to the simmered ingredients to bring the volume back up to 1 pint of liquid.
    5. 5
      Add the sugar and gently heat to dissolve the sugar in the hot liquid.
    6. 6
      Allow to cool and then pour into dark bottles and keep somewhere cool.
    7. 7
      Dosage: 2 teaspoons in a little water 3 times a day.

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    • on August 24, 2010


      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!

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    • on January 04, 2010


      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.

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    • on December 29, 2009


      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 !!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Elderberry Cough Syrup

    Serving Size: 1 (890 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 625.4
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 14.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 161.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 149.7 g
    Protein 0.4 g

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