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Fermented Elderberry Honey

Make these fermented honey elderberries to boost your immune system or simply for a tasty and healthy treat.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 64kcal
Author Colleen @ Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh black or blue elderberries (do not use red elderberries)
  • 1-1.5 cups raw honey

Instructions

  • Put the elderberries into a pint sized mason jar, then add the honey to cover the berries leaving at least an inch of head space at the top of the jar.
  • Cap the jar with a plastic storage lid or use a piece of parchment paper underneath the metal lid. Invert the jar for about 30 minutes or longer to make sure that all of the elderberries are coated with honey.
  • Turn the jar upright again. After the elderberries and honey have settled and all of the air bubbles are gone you may need to add a bit more honey to cover the berries.
  • Loosen the lid to allow air to escape during fermentation and place the jar somewhere out of the way. For the first 2-3 days it is helpful to invert the jar daily then turn it upright again. Be sure to tighten the lid before inverting then loosen again once upright.
  • Within about 2-3 days (could be longer in cooler temperatures) you should begin to see small bubbles on the surface and the honey will be noticeably runnier.
  • After one or two weeks you will see a lot of bubbles! Give it a stir now and then and it will really bubble up. The honey is ready at any point after this and will continue to slowly ferment for weeks and months.
  • Strain out the elderberries before consuming.
  • Take a spoonful two to three times per day when you feel a sickness coming on to shorten the duration of a cold or flu.

Notes

  • You can use dried elderberries instead of fresh if you would like, but they will need to be rehydrated in water first before combining with the honey.
  • Serving: Take a spoonful two to three times per day when you feel a sickness coming on to shorten the duration of a cold or flu.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sugar: 17g | Iron: 0.2mg