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  1. Gail

    I can’t wait to make this for my family. Just one question. How many jars of the raw honey do I need to make a big batch. I would buy the one you recommend. Thank you. And have a great day. Gail

    • Karen

      Hi Gail! Good question!! One pound of honey is approximately 1-1/3 cups, so you will need 5-6 jars of the honey that I linked to in this post. (depending on how sweet you like your elderberry syrup) The syrup might start fermenting if you store it a while, but it still tastes great and is edible, so don’t worry if you notice this happening! Best kept cool for long-term storage. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

    • Karen

      Hi Crystal!
      This stores a few months in the fridge. You may notice some fermenting taking place even when stored in the fridge, but this is perfectly fine and safe. We actually like it better that way since it becomes slightly carbonated after a few months. Hope this helps!

    • Karen

      There is really no approved dosage for elderberry syrup. However, I give my children about 1 teaspoon a day for prevention and about 1 teaspoon 3-4x day when sick. Make sure you heed the warning to avoid honey for babies and children under 12 months, though! Thanks for visiting! So glad to hear from you, Crystal. I hope you enjoy the syrup as much as we do!

  2. Angie

    I just made this elderberry syrup and it is not syrupy, it is more like liquid. I doubled the recipe and let it cook longer than stated in your recipe but it is still good.

    • Karen

      Hi Angie! Thanks for your comment. Elderberry syrup is more liquid than “syrupy” so you are totally fine. Mine does tend to get thicker as it sits in the fridge, though. The honey will thicken and you may need to shake or stir it before serving. Enjoy!

    • Karen

      Hi Desiree! I have never tried canning elderberry syrup, so can’t really speak to that. If you decide to try it, please let me know!

  3. Trish

    Made a big batch yesterday (it’s delicious!) we have 4 1 quart amber mason jars stored in our basement, how long do they keep not being in the fridge?

    • Karen

      Hi Trish! Honey is a natural preservative, so if your basement is cool and dark, it should keep through the end of winter. I have noticed that mine tends to ferment but it doesn’t spoil…just a bit fizzy, but we actually like it better that way! If you are substituting date syrup for the honey, I would definitely recommend storing in the fridge and labeling it “Baby only”. Hope this helps!

    • Cydnee

      I am so excited to make this!! I am making a big batch for a workshop I am doing with elderberry syrup+ essential oils. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Cydnee

    One more, I forgot to ask…the large batch makes 7 quarts? That isn’t a typo? I am sure not, but just checking…thanks so much!! 🙂

    • Karen

      Good question!! I have heard that it’s best to avoid freezing it, but I’m not totally sure about that. If you do choose to freeze it, make sure that you do so in glass jars and freeze only in jars with straight sides. When freezing liquids in a standard canning jar, I always fill liquids about an inch below where the jar starts to curve. This prevents the jar from cracking as the contents expand during freezing. 
      Elderberry syrup keeps pretty well without freezing as long as you keep it cool and dark. 

    • Karen

      Hi Jennifer!
      Thanks for visiting, but I have never tried making gummies with this recipe. As long as you don’t heat the honey, it should still retain all the beneficial nutrients in the original syrup, though! Please let us know if you try it!!

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