Elderberries are a delicious treat that offer us medicinal benefits as well. Long touted as a remedy for colds, I thoroughly enjoy sipping my elderberry cordial to ease coughs and a sore throat. Remember to always use heat when preparing any part of the elderberry.
4 big bunches of elderberries
Place berries in the freezer overnight. Once frozen, they are much easier to remove from the stems. Use a fork to graze the berries from the stems into a medium sized cooking pot.
Place on low to medium heat and use a spoon to crush the berries and squeeze out the juice. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve strainer lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze the cheese cloth to get every drop you can from the berries (You will be glad you did)
Return the juice to the stove and add enough honey to taste. You can keep this in the refridgerator for about a month-or you an add an equal part of brandy which will preserve it for months to come.
Sip when sick, or when craving this delicious beverage.
Elderflower Amish Oatmeal
1 1/2 cups oats
2 bunches of elder flowers
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melt4ed butter
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Warm milk to serve
Fresh fruit-Brown sugar- or other preferred topping
Remove the flowers from the stems. Combine the oats, flowers, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, milk, vanilla and egg. Mix the two together. Spread evenly in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes or until edges get golden brown.
Immediately spoon into bowls, add milk. Top with fruit and brown sugar if desired.
Kali S Winters
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