I’ve always been proud of my amazing, top of the line immune system. Until this winter, that is. This mama had bronchitis for weeks, then a sinus infection and the flu for a grand finale. To clarify, my entire family got the flu on the way up to Montana a few days before Christmas this past December. Fun times, I tell you. Nothing like scrubbing buckets full of vomit off two toddlers in an airplane bathroom and then purchasing $100 worth of extra kids clothes and socks in the Denver airport because you didn’t bring enough backup clothes. Fast forward a few days to Christmas morning, which we spent in the emergency room in Helena, Montana because my son was not getting any better from his bad case of the flu.
I’ve been hearing about the magic of elderberry supplements for years but the price tag was always a little off-putting. I didn’t want the whole family to get hooked on a $3 per ounce cure-all.
Through some deep scientific (see: Facebook/Google/Pinterest) research, I was able to gather that it’s pretty easy to make at home. And even easier to make in my favorite thing ever, the Instant Pot.
While I was still in Montana recovering from the flu, I impulse purchased a bag of dried elderberries off Amazon. The suffering was strong, and I was determined to find something that worked and didn’t cost a fortune.
You can read all about the health benefits of elderberrieshere, but here’s a super quick breakdown of my ‘I got a C- in every science class I ever took’ comprehension:
I’m happy to report that this was truly simple to make and you can totally do it with or without an instant pot. But here’s how I did it in my IP:
Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
Time: 15 minutes of hands-on time, with about an hour total from start to finish
Cost: Not sure on this exact number, because math is hard. But my guess is around $7 for this batch (32 ounces, so roughly $0.20 per ounce)
Yield: This will vary, but following the exact recipe below I was able to get almost 4 cups of syrup
3/4 cup of dried elderberries (i used these)
4 cups of filtered water
1 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup raw honey
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