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kitchensqueen
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Posted - Nov 28 2015 :  7:56:08 PM  Show Profile
I recently made my first batch of elberberry syrup, and the recipe called for ground cinnamon and ginger - the flavor was decent and the syrup works well, but it's a little grainy from the ground spices.

On my next batch, I'd like to use whole cinnamon and ginger and strain them out, but I'm wondering if that would affect the potency? Should I make an infusion of the cinnamon and ginger first?

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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3153 Posts

Posted - Nov 28 2015 :  7:59:56 PM  Show Profile
We use cinnamon chips and fresh ginger that we chop into chunks. It works great!!!

~ Shannon

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kitchensqueen
True Blue Farmgirl

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Posted - Nov 28 2015 :  8:25:49 PM  Show Profile
Good to know - I'm going to give that a try on my next batch!

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shawneefarmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

91 Posts

Linda
Missouri
USA
91 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2016 :  05:58:28 AM  Show Profile
I have elderberries in my freezer, but my recipe calls for dried elderberries. Would it make a difference on cooking time when I substitute the frozen for dried?? My recipe calls for fresh ginger, too. This is the first time making it. Usually I buy it. So I am excited about trying this. But I thought I would ask the girls here about it before I tried it.

I'll tell you the truth, if a man keeps my word, he will never see death." John 8:51
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3153 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2016 :  06:14:11 AM  Show Profile
I'm honestly not sure about switching over and using frozen instead of dried... I wonder how that would work since the water helps reconstitute the dried berries. I would google it, and then if I could not find an answer, and wanted to d that specific recipe, I would probably dehydrate the frozen berries and then go from there, lol. It is kinda the opposite of what I normally do... When a recipe calls for frozen thawed,or fresh and all I have is dry, I reconstitute dried first :)

~ Shannon

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shawneefarmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

91 Posts

Linda
Missouri
USA
91 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2016 :  2:23:29 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Shannon, I think I will google it!

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rksmith
True Blue Farmgirl

858 Posts

Rachel
Clayton GA
USA
858 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2016 :  3:32:15 PM  Show Profile
Frozen elderberries shouldn't make any difference than using dried elderberries for syrup making. All you are doing is boiling the berries to draw out the goodness in them so it shouldn't make any difference whether they are fresh, dried or frozen. The most recent batch of elderberry syrup that I made, I added some umckaloabo root to it along with a cinnamon stick, orange peel and lemongrass and it turned out awesome. I use larger pieces that are easier to strain and I also use a piece of linen rather than cheesecloth to strain my concoctions as it seems to do a better job of catching particles.

Rachel
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GoddessintheGroove
True Blue Farmgirl

265 Posts

Heike
Sacramento CA
265 Posts

Posted - Jan 12 2016 :  7:35:59 PM  Show Profile
I use large chunks of fresh ginger & either cinnamon sticks or chips. I strain everything. I also add whole cloves.

If you can, fresh ginger has so much positive energy for your syrup.
I have been making elderberry syrup for years, as we do not get flu shots :).

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shawneefarmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

91 Posts

Linda
Missouri
USA
91 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2016 :  06:52:14 AM  Show Profile
Ok..now I have an after the fact question. Was I supposed to use a stainless steel pot to make elderberry syrup? I used a heavy aluminum pan. Someone just told me that was bad, and I should have used the stainless pot instead. Thanks

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GoddessintheGroove
True Blue Farmgirl

265 Posts

Heike
Sacramento CA
265 Posts

Posted - Feb 11 2016 :  07:02:21 AM  Show Profile
I have been taught to use stainless steel only, due to the "reaction" some herbs can have with the alu.

I use my cast iron pan when roasting herbs for my Roasted Herb Tea, but that is dry.


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Originally posted by shawneefarmgirl

Ok..now I have an after the fact question. Was I supposed to use a stainless steel pot to make elderberry syrup? I used a heavy aluminum pan. Someone just told me that was bad, and I should have used the stainless pot instead. Thanks

I'll tell you the truth, if a man keeps my word, he will never see death." John 8:51



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shawneefarmgirl
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Linda
Missouri
USA
91 Posts

Posted - Feb 13 2016 :  06:45:20 AM  Show Profile
ok, thanks...I have cast iron pots and my alum pot is my pressure cooker. Guess I need to find me a stainless pot for this for next time. Do you think the medicinal properties were compromised by using the alum pot??

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GoddessintheGroove
True Blue Farmgirl

265 Posts

Heike
Sacramento CA
265 Posts

Posted - Feb 13 2016 :  07:56:32 AM  Show Profile
If it were me, I would start over :).


quote:
Originally posted by shawneefarmgirl

ok, thanks...I have cast iron pots and my alum pot is my pressure cooker. Guess I need to find me a stainless pot for this for next time. Do you think the medicinal properties were compromised by using the alum pot??

I'll tell you the truth, if a man keeps my word, he will never see death." John 8:51



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http://www.goddessinthegroove.com

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rksmith
True Blue Farmgirl

858 Posts

Rachel
Clayton GA
USA
858 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2016 :  11:42:46 AM  Show Profile
I've often read that using aluminum is not recommended for several reasons (potential reactions with the herbs and exposure to aluminum) BUT I have used aluminum pots to make syrups and other things in because that was what I had on hand. I didn't notice any decrease in the effectiveness of what I made (some elderberry syrup for one) or any side effects of the aluminum (granted that usually takes time to build up). I would think that it'd be ok to use since you've already made it but do try to get a "special" pot just for making herbal goodness in. I am currently working on replacing all of my cookware (and storage ware) with glass, stainless and cast iron one piece at a time.

Rachel
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

588 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
588 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2019 :  7:33:46 PM  Show Profile
I'm glad I read this post as I never thought about using stainless steel. I wouldn't want to be making something and have to throw it out because of using wrong cookware. Thanks for sharing

Lori Beck
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