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Slow Cooker Elderberry Syrup

Sick kids.  Is there anything worse?  Actually, now that I think of it, there is!  A sick mom taking care of said kids.  Now that is the WORST.  Last winter our family got hit hard with sickness.  We caught anything and everything that was going around.  I had one son who missed almost 4 weeks of school.  He was SO sick.  It was just miserable.

homemade elderberry syrup recipe

We would catch a new bug before we even got over the old one.  I just couldn’t believe our rotten luck.  Now that the weather is changing and cold and flu season is right around the corner, I’m preparing NOW in hopes that we don’t have a repeat of last winter.  I’m planning to give all 4 kids a daily dose of what I believe the essentials are for a strong immune system, and it all starts with this slow cooker elderberry syrup.

homemade elderberry syrup
I love this recipe because I can just throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it.  I’m really good at putting things off until later. 🤪  There’s no need to watch it, no need to stir it, and no need to worry about it boiling over or reducing too much.  Also, in the world of cooking, low and slow is usually best.  With this method, you’re able to slowly draw out all the medicinal properties of the elderberries to make a very potent immune boosting syrup.  Elderberries are high in flavonoids (they’re what give elderberries their rich deep color) which support immunity and gut health.  They also contain a good amount of vitamin C which we all know is crucial for getting over an illness quickly.

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As well as elderberry syrup, my kids and I will be loading up on vitamin c, probiotics, and vitamin d.  I hope this daily vitamin regimen will help us avoid getting sick in the first place, or in the very least help us get over it quicker.  Before I started making my own, I was buying this elderberry syrup, but I really didn’t love the ingredients and it was PRICEY!  Making your own is cheaper, healthier, and it couldn’t be easier with the slow cooker method.  I hope you give it a shot and stay well this winter.

What are some things you do to protect yourself during cold and flu season?  Tell me below!

Slow Cooker Elderberry Syrup
 
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Elderberry syrup is a powerful immune booster and is a great way to knock out the cold or flu.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup organic dried elderberries
  • 2 1/4 cups filtered water
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (or more to taste)
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice the fresh ginger into thin discs. About 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
  2. Place the dried elderberries, filtered water, cinnamon, and ginger into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook for 8 hours on low.
  4. Strain the cooked berries, water and ginger through a fine mesh strainer into a medium sized bowl. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice from the berries.
  5. Once the liquid has cooled down and is warm to the touch, add in the honey and mix thoroughly until smooth and dissolved well.
  6. I like to add 1/4 cup of honey per 1 cup of elderberry juice. Feel free to add more honey if you'd like it sweeter. I personally prefer it less sweet.
  7. Poor into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Notes
Be sure to add the honey when the liquid has cooled or is just slightly warm. Hot water will kill the beneficial nutrients in the honey.
I take 2 teaspoons daily to prevent sickness, and 2 tablespoons when I'm sick - but my immune system is weak due to autoimmune disease. I recommend 1 teaspoon a day if you're a normally healthy person, and 1 tablespoon if you're sick.
I give my kids 1/2 teaspoon daily, and up to 1 1/2 teaspoons when they're sick.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    November 27, 2018 at 2:27 am

    I have some fresh elderberries in my freezer. How many fresh berries would I use to make this? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Jill
      November 28, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Cheryl!

      Lucky you for having access to fresh elderberries – how cool! I haven’t tried this recipe with fresh elderberries so I can’t say for sure, but you’ll definitely need a lot less water. I would try 1/2 cup of water to 2 cups fresh elderberries and see how it turns out. Let me know if you give it a try! Good luck!

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    Cheryl VanOcker
    November 29, 2018 at 12:17 am

    My girlfriend has a very large bush on her farm(lucky her), & she invites me over to help her pick(lucky me). In return, I get to take some home with me! Last summer, I brought home enough for a pie & 2 pkgs. I put in freeze with 4 cups each.? We picked over two 5-gallon buckets full! ???
    Ok thanks! I’ll give it a try, & keep ya posted! ? Thanks for the advice!

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      Jill
      November 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Holy moly, that’s seriously amazing! Yes, please keep me posted!

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    Jennifer Nagle
    February 10, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Is this recipe 1/2 “CUP” of dried elderberries? The unit of measure has been omitted. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Jill
      February 10, 2019 at 2:41 am

      Yes! The recipe should read 1/2 cup. THANK YOU for pointing that out, I’ve updated the recipe. 🙂

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