Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 Fife, UK

Did you know that elderberry has been used for hundreds of years because of it's many health benefits?  It contains antioxidants and can help fight against colds and flu.  It can also boost the immune system.  Not bad, right?

I've made a large batch of this elderberry syrup for the change in season.  My kids love taking it because of how sweet it is but a little goes a long way!  Just one teaspoon a day for the health benefits.  Now, on to the recipe!

1. Carefully separate your berries from the stalks.  (I had lots of fun doing this step with my son.  We chatted and listened to music.  So nice.)

2.  Give the berries a wash and then pop them in a pan.

3.  Cover with water and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

4.  Pour the liquid from the pot into a muslin or jelly bag.  You want to get as much liquid out as possible so get squishing!

5.  Probably the most complicated step here!  Pour the liquid into a measuring jug.  You want to add equal parts sugar to liquid.  For example, if you have 500 ml of liquid you want to add 500 g of sugar.  If you have 1 litre of liquid then you want to add 1k g of sugar.

6.  Stick the liquid back in the pan and add the sugar.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.  You'll find the liquid thicken up into a syrup now that the sugar has been added.  It gets nice and gloopy (very technical term, that one)!

7.  Pour the liquid into sterilised bottles or jars and you're done.

Keep your elderberry syrup in the fridge and it should be good for a couple months.  Take a teaspoon each day for medicinal purposes or slap it on your pancakes for tasty goodness!

Enjoy!  :)

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