Elderberries / Fläderbär

Elderberry Jelly

1,5 kg elderberries (without stem)
1 kg gelling sugar (syltsocker med pektin)
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp cocoa powder

Wash the jars in hot, soapy water and rinse, then sanitize the jars by boiling them 10 minutes, and keep the jars in hot water until they are used.
Remove elderberries from stems and rinse. Place them into a large pot and crush with a potato masher. Turn the heat to medium, continue to crush as the mixture heats up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then sieve the mashed berries. Add lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and cocoa and boil again while stirring. Boil for approx. 5 mins and fill into jars. Turn the jars upside-down and let them cool.

IMG_4799Source: Simplified from Simply Recipes

Elderberry Juice

— Health drink that strengthens your immune system! —

150 g black elderberries
1 l water
200 g/1,4 dl honey
1 tsp cinnamon powder
40 g ginger
half of  small garlic clove (if you don’t like a strong garlic taste, just leave it out)

Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, finely-chopped ginger, cinnamon and finely-chopped clove and bring to a boil. Then cover and reduce to a simmer for about an hour. Pour through a strainer into a bowl. When it is no longer hot, add honey and stir well. Pour the syrup into bottles.

Store in the fridge and take daily approx. 1 tbsp (for kids half) for its immune boosting properties. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

IMG_4864Source: Wellness Mama

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