Elder Flower Honey Recipe
Preserving fresh elder flowers in honey is a simple and effective way to harness their healing properties. This combination works wonders for soothing sore throats, relieving early-season colds, and alleviating allergies. You can enjoy elderflower honey by adding it to tea or savoring it directly by the spoonful. For a refreshing twist, mix it with fresh lemon juice and carbonated water to create a delightful elder flower lemonade.
Infusing elder flower into honey is incredibly easy. This recipe allows for flexibility based on the quantity of elder flowers you have. Whether you have a small or large harvest, you can adjust the amounts accordingly to accommodate the honey you have on hand. The size of your jar will determine the quantity of flowers and honey needed. Simply fill the jar loosely with enough elder flowers, followed by pouring in the honey. Once prepared, you can enjoy the delicious results. Remember, if you have any extra flowers, dry them for future use in teas.
Here's a recipe for elder flower honey:
- 10-12 fresh elder flower heads
- 2 cups of raw honey
Start by gently shaking the elder flower heads to remove any insects or debris. Do not wash them as this can remove some of the natural flavors.
Place the elder flower heads in a clean glass jar.
Heat the raw honey in a saucepan over low heat until it becomes liquid. Be careful not to overheat or boil the honey as it can destroy some of its beneficial properties.
Pour the warm honey over the elder flower heads in the jar, making sure they are fully submerged.
Stir the mixture gently to ensure all the flowers are coated with honey.
Cover the jar with a clean cloth or a lid, but do not seal it tightly. This allows the mixture to breathe and ferment.
Place the jar in a cool and dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard, and let it infuse for 3 to 4 weeks. During this time, the honey will absorb the flavors and medicinal properties of the elder flowers.
After the infusion period, strain the honey through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean jar or bottle, discarding the elder flower heads.
Store the elder flower honey in a cool and dark place. It should keep well for several months, but it's always a good idea to check for any signs of spoilage before using.
- Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of elder flower honey daily to help alleviate cold and allergy symptoms. You can consume it directly or mix it with warm water or herbal tea.
- You can also use elder flower honey as a spread on toast or add it to yogurt, oatmeal, or other recipes for a touch of floral sweetness and added health benefits.
Note: If you have any allergies or are unsure about using elder flowers, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional before trying this recipe.