Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup — This recipe was created to combat the cold and flu season. Elderberry syrup is a great way to stay healthy and safe from the typical winter bugs that seem never to end.
I like to make this syrup in the fall when elderberries are abundant. It’s excellent on toast, pancakes, oatmeal, and yogurt or as a topping for ice cream! You can also mix it with sparkling water to create an instant elderberry soda. I’m sharing my recipe with you today so that you can enjoy it too. The formula is easy to follow and doesn’t require any cooking time at all! So grab your Instant Pot (Ninja Foodi or another pressure cooker), and let’s start!
This delicious syrup will be ready in about 10 minutes of cook time, which is perfect if you’re looking for something quick but still want something special. And while the ingredients may not be “special,” they are accessible – just some sugar.
The Best Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is renowned for its immune-boosting properties, packed with antioxidants and vitamins.
Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup Recipe
This recipe is perfect for the cold winter when you want to make something warm and comforting. The Instant Pot makes it easy by cooking the berries, sugar, water, and spices in one pot!
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
- Dried Elderberries
- Whole Cloves
- Ground Cinnamon
- Grated Ginger
How To Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
In your Instant Pot, mix well with the dried elderberries, water, cloves, and cinnamon. Then add your lid, making sure that the vent is sealed, and set the manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
When the timer beeps (or the time is up), let it naturally release. When the pin has dropped and the lid can come off, open it up, and mix well. Then strain the liquid/berry mixture and then Mix in the grated ginger and honey. Transfer to a sealable jar.
Pro Tips For The Best Pressure Cooker Elderberry Syrup
Here are some professional tips to ensure you make the best Elderberry Syrup using your pressure cooker:
- Quality Ingredients: Always use high-quality, organic ingredients when possible. The quality of your elderberries and honey, in particular, will impact your syrup’s flavor and health benefits.
- Crushing Berries: Lightly crush the elderberries before adding them to the pressure cooker to help release their juice and increase the extraction of beneficial compounds. But be careful not to crush the seeds, making your syrup bitter.
- Cool Before Adding Honey: Always allow the elderberry mixture to cool before adding honey. High temperatures can degrade some of the beneficial properties of raw honey.
- Sealing the Pressure Cooker: Ensure the pressure cooker is properly sealed before starting. If the cooker isn’t sealed, it won’t come to pressure properly, which could impact the cooking process.
- Natural Pressure Release: Allow the pressure cooker to release pressure naturally. This ensures that all flavors are well-infused, and it’s also safer.
- Strain Well: Make sure to strain the mixture thoroughly to remove all the elderberry skins and spices. Squeezing the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh sieve ensures you extract maximum flavor and benefits.
- Storage: Store the syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for about two months. For longer storage, consider freezing it in small portions.
- Usage: Remember, a little goes a long way. A teaspoon for kids and a tablespoon for adults per day is usually a good serving size. Always consult a healthcare professional with questions or concerns about the appropriate dosage.
Remember, homemade elderberry syrup is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you or a family member is ill, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional.
What Can You Use Elderberry Syrup For?
Elderberry syrup is a great thing to have on hand during cold and flu season. You can use this pressure cooker elderberry syrup for many other things, such as glaze for ham or turkey, topping for ice cream sundaes, added to coffee drinks like lattes and mochas, or stirred into hot tea. It’s a versatile recipe that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Can I use fresh elderberries instead of dried?
Yes, you can use fresh elderberries. If doing so, you’ll need to adjust the amount since fresh berries contain more water. Typically, you would double the amount of fresh berries instead of dried ones.
How long does homemade elderberry syrup last?
When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, homemade elderberry syrup should last about 2 months.
How much elderberry syrup should I take?
Generally, a daily dose of 1 tablespoon for adults and 1 teaspoon for children is recommended for immune support. However, consulting with a healthcare provider for personalized advice is always a good idea.
Can I give elderberry syrup to my children?
Elderberry syrup is typically safe for children over the age of one year. However, it’s important to remember that it contains honey, which should not be given to children under one year old.
Can I use a different sweetener instead of honey?
You can replace honey with other sweeteners like agave syrup, maple syrup, or granulated sugar. However, honey is a common choice due to its additional health benefits.
Can I freeze elderberry syrup?
Yes, elderberry syrup freezes well. You can freeze it in ice cube trays for easy use and longer storage.
What should I do if my syrup is too thin?
If your elderberry syrup is too thin, you can return it to the pot and simmer it without the lid to allow some of the liquid to evaporate and the syrup to concentrate.
Can I take elderberry syrup if I’m pregnant or nursing?
As with any supplement, it’s always best to consult a healthcare provider before taking elderberry syrup while pregnant or nursing.
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Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups dried elderberries
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 15 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- 2 cups honey
- In your Instant Pot, add the dried elderberries, water, cloves, and cinnamon, mix well.
- Then add your lid, ensure the vent is sealed and set the manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
- When the timer beeps (or the time is up), let it naturally release.
- When the pin has dropped, and the lid can come off, open it up, and mix well.
- Then strain the liquid/berry mixture, and then mix in the grated ginger and honey.
- Transfer to a sealable jar.
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