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Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry comes from a tree that is native to Europe. It is nicknamed the “Tree of Music.” A wide variety of these trees can be found in various places, but typically the Sambucus Nigra is historically what is used as a medicinal plant and to make elderberry syrup. History shows that early settlers used elderberries to make black syrup that was used to treat a variety of ailments such as fevers, influenza and to boost immune systems. 

Amazon is a great place to order natural ingredients like honey, elderberries, and books! Below are the elderberries that I use for the recipe. 

Elder Berries Whole Organic - 1 lb,(Frontier)
Elderberries: The Amazing Elderberry, Its Secret Healing Capabilities & DIY Recipes For Improving Your Wellness (Elderberries - Elderberry Syrup)
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
Arizona Desert Wildflower Honey (Raw & Unfiltered by Crockett Honey

However, elderberry isn’t a one berry show. It can also be used to help lower cholesterol, improve vision, improve heart health, a cough suppressant, treat common cold, arthritis, skin conditions, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Basically, this is a must have for your home medicine cabinet. For all you aspiring farmers reading this, elderberry is also used to treat livestock! 

Side note: Elderberry was used in Panama in 1995 to treat the flu epidemic! 

Since elderberry is a MUST have, I set out to conquer making this amazing syrup in the Instant Pot! Let’s get to the recipe, shall we? 

Dosage

I have gotten a lot of messages about how much elderberry syrup to give. I am not a Dr, so keep that in mind. However, what we have done in our family are as follows-

Kids from about age 2-12: 1 teaspoon per day during cold and flu season. IF they are sick though that changes to 1 teaspoon every 3 hours until symptoms are gone.

Kids age 13-adult: 2 teaspoons a day during the cold and flu season. Then if they are sick 1 full teaspoon every 3 hours until symptoms are gone. 

First things first. If you do not have an instant pot, you will need to grab one. Here’s a couple I highly recommend: 

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup elderberry ( I use these from frontier)
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. cloves
  • 1 tbsp. ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. orange zest 6-8 leaves mint (optional)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Cinnamon Sticks

Directions

1) Combine all the ingredients except the honey in your Instant Pot. Lock the lid into place and seal the pressure valve.

Using manual setting, cook the ingredients for 7 minutes on high pressure. When done, use the quick release method.

2) Remove the lid and set your Instant Pot to sauté. Let the syrup simmer in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.

3) Mash the elderberries while still in the Instant Pot. Place a wire mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the elderberries from the syrup. The elderberries can be discarded.

4) Let the syrup cool to about room temperature and then mix in the honey. Pour the syrup into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator. 

Yields: 2 pints 

Also- I have another post on how to take this syrup and make Elderberry Gummies! 

Get your printable recipe below! 

Elderberry Syrup For Instant Pot

 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups elderberry
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. cloves
  • 1 tbsp. ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 6 -8leaves mint (optional)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Cinnamon Sticks

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the honey in your Instant Pot. Lock the lid into place and seal the pressure valve. Using manual cook the ingredients for 7 minutes on high pressure. When done use the quick release method.
  2. Remove the lid and set your Instant Pot to sauté. Let the syrup simmer in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Mash the elderberries while still in the Instant Pot. Place a wire mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the elderberries from the syrup. The elderberries can be discarded.
  4. Let the syrup cool to about room temperature and then mix in the honey. Pour the syrup into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Yields: 2 pints

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Recipe Notes

 

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In Awe, 

Laura

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