Part candy, part immune-boosting supplement, 100% delicious! Can also be made using 2 cups elderberry juice as a substitute for the tea.
2 ½ cups filtered water
⅓ cup dried elderberries
½ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
½ cup gelatin
- Make a tea out of the elderberries: Bring water to a boil, then add elderberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until dark in color.
- Drain, reserving the liquid. You should have about 2 cups.
- Add in honey and vanilla and allow to cool.
- Stir in gelatin (it’s easier to stir into room temp liquid) until all clumps are out and mixture is uniform.
- Heat in a saucepan over medium-low until gelatin is all dissolved.
- Pour into a glass container to set.
- Allow to set in the fridge.
- Cut into approx 1/2 inch by 1 inch cubes, or as desired.
- Take one or more daily, as desired.
- Store in the fridge.
As a proven anti-viral, Elderberries have long been valued for their ability to ward off colds and flus. Taken daily, this immune-booster will bolster your health through these harsh midwestern winters! This tincture is very easy to make and uses minimal ingredients. For an extra immune boost, experiment with additions of nettle, echinacea, or any of your favorite herbs.
Pack elderberries and herbs, if using, into a mason jar, filling to 3/4 full. Pour 100 proof vodka or other spirit (it must be a high proof for proper extraction) over the berries, being sure to cover completely to prevent mold. Place a lid on the jar, seal, and let sit for at least 6 weeks, shaking occasionally. Add additional alcohol if the level drops. Strain, bottle, and store in a cool, dark place. The mixture will keep for several years.
Aronia Soap Recipe
(makes about 12 bars)
9.9 oz. tallow (I use deer, but beef works as well)
1.4 oz. castor oil
7.6 oz. coconut oil
8.5 oz. olive oil
0.9 oz. argan oil
4.2 oz. lye
9.3 oz. water
1 oz. essential oil (for scent)
½ cup fresh aronia, pureed
Melt fats in a medium kettle and melt over low heat until all fats have combined. Let cool. Meanwhile, place water in a heat-safe bowl and slowly add lye. When both the lye mixture and oil mixture have cooled to below 130° and are within 10° of each other, pour lye mixture into fats. Blend with an immersion blender until trace is reached. Mix in aronia 1 tsp. at a time, until desired color is reached. Add essential oil and pour into mold. Let sit for 24-48 hours, then cut. Let cure for 2-4 weeks before using.