Before I get into the method of making elderberry syrup in the Instant Pot. Let's talk about why elderberries are so amazing, and how they work to prevent and treat the flu and cold viruses.
Benefits of Elderberries:
Elderberries are a powerful antioxidant
Natural and gentle laxative
Boosts the immune system
Improves heart health
Treats and shortens the duration of coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. (Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995).
Prevents illness because it's Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.
Excellent source of vitamins A, B, and C.
Infusions of the fruit are said to be beneficial for nerve disorders, back pain, and have been used to reduce inflammation of the urinary tract and bladder.
(Sources: https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-elderberry.html , https://www.naturalnews.com/040756_elderberry_flu_shots_vaccines.html ).
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From my personal experience. Elderberry syrup has kept my family flu-free for years... up until last year that is. Last year, I was late in the season making my syrup, and my daughters and I caught two strains of the flu virus. With the help of elderberry syrup the girls barely had their flu for 5 days! How long did my flu last, you ask? A whopping day and a half! I kid you not! One day I felt like I was on my death bed, and because o my homemade elderberry syrup by the end of the next day I was practically symptom free and ready to take on the world! Elderberry syrup also prevented my baby (made his batch without honey as he was under a year at the time), and my husband from catching our flu despite living under the same roof and sharing the same facilities. This stuff is truly Aaaahhhhhhmmmaaaazing!
Now, the only downside to making homemade elderberry syrup, from my experience, is that it can be very time consuming. Especially when you make large batches like me. (I make enough at a time to last half the cold and flu season for a family of 5). So I had an idea. Why not adapt my recipe to work in the Instant Pot? This recipe literally cuts the time it normally takes to make this in half if not more. (Normally, elderberry syrup takes me pretty much all day to make). You can still use this same recipe if you do not own an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. You can make it on the stovetop with a stock pot. Follow the same instructions, and simmer for at least one full hour. You just have to be more watchful of the pot and stir the contents often. Without further a do, here you have the Instant Pot version of this recipe:
Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup:
prep: 5 mins
cook: 25 minutes
total: about 35 minutes; plus cooling time
yield: about 80 oz. (yeah you read that right)
1 and 1/3 cup organic dried black elderberries (about 6 ounces) *I used to buy Viva Natural brand as shown in the picture, but now this is nearly impossible to purchase on Amazon so I buy Frontier Organic Elderberries
7 and 1/2 cups of distilled water
4 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger root or organic ground ginger powder
2 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
1/8 teaspoon organic ground black pepper
1 teaspoon organic cloves
3 cup local organic raw honey
1 tablespoon non-GMO ascorbic acid (optional)