Elderberry! A local hike yields some wonderful Elderberries. We are making syrup in anticipation of the fall cold and flu season. Elderberry has been widely studied for its powerful immune-boosting properties. The berries contain chemical compounds called Anthocyanins. Found in many purple foods, Anthocyanins are known to have immunostimulant effects. Research actually shows that elderberry syrups and tinctures are a safe and cost-effective treatment for cold and flu symptoms, also very easy to make at home!
Make your own ACV
Making a fantastic ACV is very simple to do.
Use 5 to 6 apples, washed and roughly chopped. These don’t need to be perfect and or fancy.
Place apples in a large gallon jar (I use a large deli pickle style jar). Add ¼ cup of sugar
Cover with spring or filtered water. Leave about 2 inches of head space.
Cover with a fabric cover and secure with a rubber band. This will allow fermentation and keep out bugs and impurities
Let sit in a quiet, dark corner for one month. There may be some opacity in the liquid or a jelly- like layer can form on the surface. This is the vinegar’s mother. It is natural and desirable.
Strain and discard the apples, bottle and seal. No need to refrigerate.
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