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How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup – It’s Easy! | Mother Rising

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup – It’s Easy! | Mother Rising

I’ve been making elderberry syrup at home for years. In fact, I’ve even made elder syrup for my babies. Obviously, I’m totally late to the game, but I just realized I could make Instant Pot elderberry syrup. Hello.

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Benefits of Elderberries

Elderberries are tasty cold and flu fighters. They contain compounds that inhibit the enzyme flu viruses from penetrating cell membranes and can also prevent the virus from invading respiratory tract cells.

Taken daily, elderberry syrup is a boost to the overall immune system. Taken early on and consistently, they can also shorten the duration of an upcoming illness. They are especially good for bronchitis, colds, coughing, and influenza. (SOURCE, SOURCE)

In my opinion, elderberries are about just as amazing as coconut oil and should be a part of every naturally minded mama’s medicine cabinet.

What are Elderberries?

Elderberries are small, dark purple berries that grow in clusters, often growing wild in fields and meadows. They are not a sweet berry, but have a tart, bitter taste.

Because of their wonderful health benefits, elderberries have become increasingly popular over the years, but also more expensive. The average elderberry supplement at the store is around $10 – $14 and doesn’t last very long, especially if you have a family.

By making your own elderberry syrup you will save a lot of money, but also be an active participant in the health and wellness of your family, which is very empowering.

Want to learn how to make your own elderberry syrup? Let’s get started!

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup – It’s Easy!

Please don’t be intimidated by this recipe. It’s incredibly easy – just try it! The following are step-by-step instructions to make your own Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup at home. Have fun!

Gather Supplies

To make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup you will need:

  1. Instant Pot
  2. Organic Elderberries 
  3. Raw Honey
  4. Mesh Strainer
  5. Measuring Cup
  6. Mason Jar

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

(Not pictured: Mesh Strainer and Mason Jar. Oops.)

Get Instant Pot Ready

Next, we’re going to get the Instant Pot ready to do the heavy lifting and make elderberry syrup. Plug it in and pour the dried elderberries in the pot.

NOTE:  Make sure the stainless steel pot is in the Instant Pot. I’ve heard that sometimes some people forget this crucial step. Oops.)

NOTE:  This recipe calls for dried elderberries, but you could use fresh too. If you want to use fresh elderberries just double the amount of berries used. For example, this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of dried elderberries, so you’d just use 1 cup of fresh instead.

NOTE:  Many recipes for elderberry syrup on the internets call for orange zest, cinnamon sticks, and/or cloves, which for some are probably wonderful. However, I like to keep things simple and keep my elderberry syrup free of other flavors.

NOTE:  It’s hard to mess up making elderberry syrup. This is a very forgiving recipe. Hooray!

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Pour the water over the elderberries in the Instant Pot. Isn’t this easy?

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Totally unnecessary, but I find it amusing to stir the berries and water together. The water turns purple. What fun!

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Place the lid on the Instant Pot, close it up, and make sure the pressure valve knob is turned towards seal and not vent. If you skip this step (I’ve done it!) the Instant Pot won’t seal and will make pressure cooking impossible.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Pressure Cook Berries

Set the Instant Pot to “manual” on “high pressure” for 9 minutes. The Instant Pot will now do its thing. All you need to do is wait.

The 9 minutes will begin once the Instant Pot seals itself.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

After the 9 minute timer beeps, turn the pressure valve knob to “venting” and release the pressure.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Open the Instant Pot! Exciting!

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Oohhhh! Ahhhhh! It’s hot liquid elderberry juice!

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Strain Elderberry Juice

Prepare a place to strain the elderberry juice. I like using my mesh strainer and large pyrex measuring cup together. It’s a match made in (elderberry syrup) heaven.

This mesh strainer is the kind of strainer you’d want to use for making kefir. But that’s a whole other blog post. 

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Pour the elderberry juice through the strainer into the measuring cup.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Mash and squish the elderberries against the strainer so that all the juice comes out.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

It should look pretty pulverized when you’re done.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Add Honey

Now that you’ve got the elderberries separated from the elderberry juice, while it’s still warm, add the honey. I’m a less-is-more sorta gal, and use less honey than others. If you like things sweeter than I, just add more!

Since you’re mixing the honey into the elderberry juice while it’s still warm, it should mix quickly and easily.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Ta da! You’ve made Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup. Wasn’t it easy?!

Store your Instant Pot elderberry syrup in a glass jar in the fridge.

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Next step is to clean up the mess, because your work space probably looks a little bit like mine. 🙂

Taken daily elderberry syrup boosts the immune system and can shorten illnesses. Use these instructions to make instant pot elderberry syrup. It's so easy!

Yield: 14 ounces

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are tasty cold and flu fighters. They contain compounds that inhibit the enzyme flu viruses from penetrating cell membranes and can also prevent the virus from invading respiratory tract cells. Taken daily, elderberries are a boost to the overall immune system. Taken early on and consistently, they can also shorten the duration of an upcoming illness. They are especially good for bronchitis, colds, coughing, and influenza.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried, organic elderberries
  • (OR 1 cup fresh elderberries)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup raw, organic, local honey

Instructions

  1. Place elderberries and water into the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid on the Instant Pot. Turn the pressure valve knob to "seal".
  3. Set Instant Pot to "manual" on "high pressure" for 9 minutes.
  4. After the 9 minute timer beeps, open the valve to vent and release the pressure.
  5. Open the lid on the Instant Pot.
  6. Mash and strain elderberries.
  7. While still warm, add honey to elderberry liquid.
  8. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

Notes

For Daily Maintenance: Adults - take 2 teaspoons daily, Children - take 1 teaspoon daily

For Intensive Use: Adults - take 1 tablespoon four times daily, Children - take 1 tablespoon two times daily

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