Elderberry Jellies

'Tis the Season to celebrate!  To celebrate herbs that nourish the immune system that is!  And so in the spirit of the Season, with great pleasure we share with you now, our long-time favorite Elderberry Recipe, originally published by Sophia Rose in a 2012 issue of Plant Healer Magazine. 

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While it's unlikely that you'll receive any complaints when dispensing Elderberry syrup, outlined below is a way to make it extra palatable and child friendly. Not only is this a more fun way to take your medicine, but you receive the added health benefits of high quality gelatin—which benefits skin, hair, nails, digestion, and joint mobility! Creating all manner of herbal jellos or jelly candies using the below method (with a strong infusion or decoction in place of the Elderberry syrup) can greatly increase compliance in the younger set—especially when dispensing herbs not quite so delicious as Sambucus...

Prepare elderberry syrup by your own favorite method or follow the directions below before transforming your syrup into a gelatin-rich treat. Use as you would elderberry syrup, at first sign of cold or fever, as a gentle expectorant, or simply enjoy judiciously as a delicious and antioxidant-rich treat!

Elderberry Syrup
  • Simmer fresh or dried elderberries in a wide shallow pan with just enough water to cover.

  • Keep at a bare simmer and continue to add water as needed.

  • Once the berries appear spent and all of their medicinal goodness has been extracted into the cooking liquid, use a food mill or fine mesh strainer to remove any left over tough bits.

  • Simmer the remaining liquid until it is somewhat thickened, stirring often to avoid burning.

  • Add honey or sugar to taste and continue to heat gently until incorporated.

  • Store in refrigerator or freezer (syrup will not freeze solid if sugar content is high enough)

    Try adding rosehips, ginger, or hawthorne berries to the elderberries
    in the first stage of cooking for synergistic nourishment and medicinal effects.

    Instead of water, use an unsweetened fruit juice such as
    black cherry or blueberry, for added antioxidants + flavonoids!

Elderberry Jellies
  • Dissolve 5-10 Tablespoons gelatin (more gelatin for a “stiffer” jelly) of in a small amount of cold water. Great Lakes is wonderful brand of Grass-Fed based gelatin

  • Boil ¼ to ½ cup of water and pour over the softened gelatin.

  • Stir until dissolved.

  • Add 2 cups Elderberry Syrup, a generous splash of Vanilla, Honey or other sweetener to taste, and a tiny pinch of salt to round out the flavor.

  • Pour into ice cube trays, silicon molds, or a glass baking dish and allow to set until firm in refrigerator.  If you've opted for the baking dish, slice your Elderberry Jellies into "dosage-sized" portions or use your favorite small cookie cutters.

What your favorite immune-nourishing herbs and ways to use them? 
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