This post will teach you how to make elderberry gummies, and share a video tutorial to show you exactly how to make all kinds of gummies to which you can add any kind of healthful additive.
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Elderberries have long been reported to have immune boosting effects. This post won’t delve into those reported effects, nor will I explore the gut healing potential of using a high quality beef gelatin, nor the use of essential oils. I will be able to speak to the ease of making gummies– SO EASY- and how much my kids (and yours surely!) will love them.
I mixed my elderberry juice (you can juice your own or buy it) with cranberries (frozen from Thanksgiving) for vitamin C boost) and the taste was delightful.
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Elderberry Gummy Recipe
You Will Need
4 cups elderberry juice (explanation of juicing below)
2 cups cranberries (frozen is fine) (optional but added a great flavor and bonus vitamin C) OR 1 cup cranberry juice
2 tablespoons liquid Stevia OR 3 tablespoons honey to taste
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Optional: Essential oil of your choice – I love Doterra OnGuard for this recipe. 8 drops was plenty.
Making Elderberry Gummies
Pour juice(s) into a pan. Add apple cider vinegar and Stevia. Bring to a very low simmer. While warming, add the essential oil.
When mixture is just about to simmer, whisk in carefully and quickly the beef gelatin. Whisk vigorously for 1 minute, until the gelatin has dissolved.
Pour or use the included eye dropper to dispense the hot liquid into the mold.
Cool in refrigerator. Cooling time depends on the mold. Smaller molds cool much faster.
When cool, pop out of molds and into an airtight container (I love BPA free wide mouth canning jars) and store in the refrigerator.
Helpful tips for making Elderberry Gummies
Place the silicone molds or ice cube trays on a cookie sheet before filling.
Use a casserole dish if you don’t have a silicone mold and score cold gummies with a knife. Or, use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from the gummies.
Juicing Elderberries for Elderberry Gummies
You’ll need about 6 cups of berries, mostly removed from the stems but some may remain (mine are always on the smallest stems).
You can use an old fashioned juicer used for canning which is very effective. Place the berries (and cranberries if you’re using them) in the top compartment, fill with water in the bottom compartment, bring to a boil, and juice will flow into the middle and down the accompanying tube.
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Or, you can line a pasta pot strainer with cheesecloth, fill the bottom of the pot with water (this might be 2-4 cups depending on the size of the pot), add the berries (and cranberries if you’re using them) to the cheesecloth, and simmer for about an hour. Strain and measure the juice. Proceed back up to the recipe to make the elderberry gummies.
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