Saturday, 7 January 2017
The reason behindd those Elderberries
After being poorly over the holiday period, I was reading up about boosting your immunity naturally, last year I was diagnosed with C.O.P.D. a legacy from smoking, I am on daily medication, coughs, colds and bugs in general tend to knock me sideways, something I can really do without, It is claimed that Elderberry syrup can help boost your immunity if taken daily link to
I wanted to make my own syrup rather than buy an off the shelf version, at least I would know what is in it.
Link to Elderberry Syrup
The recipe used dried Elderberries, I never knew you could buy them dried
I ordered them from Just Ingredients on Amazon, I spotted they also had Rosehips so they went in the basket too, I do like Rosehip syrup it also has health benefits.
Having them dried means I can keep them on hand, make up small batches of syrup as and when needed, we only have one Elderberry bush here its only young and does not produce a lot yet, same with the Rosehips, I am going to see about planting some more, then when they are in season dry the berries for future use.
The recipe was fairly easy to follow, nothing difficult
I used some of our own honey and one of our own lemons.
It was left draining for several hours, before I squeezed out the last of the juice
Should of decanted it into a smaller bottle, but it doesn't matter, taste wise it reminds me of a cough syrup, with the next batch I will only add one cinnamon stick instead of two as I find the cinnamon a bit over powering and I am not a lover of cinnamon.
There it is very palatable lets hope it helps keep the bugs at bay.
I have added a new page to the blog, where I will endeavour to put recipes or the links to them, makes it easier to find.