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Elderberry Syrup For Colds and Flu

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Looking for a natural way to boost immunity? Want to keep those coughs and colds from getting out of hand? Elderberry syrup is so simple to make and tasty to boot. I never have trouble getting the littles to have a sip. And in my opinion, it’s a great idea to know how to take care of our bodies without having to run to the doctor for every illness and owie. You never know when you may not have access to a professional.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the benefits of Elderberries From HerbWisdom.comElderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever.

We don’t have wild growing elderberries in our neck of the woods. I’ve planted a few bushes around the Funny Little Farm but they are young and have yet to produce a bumper crop. I usually go ahead and order organic Elder%20Berries Whole Organic – 1 lb,(Frontier)dried ones online.

All you need to do is take 2 cups of water and 1 cup of elderberries and simmer them in a pot for about 40 minutes. Strain out the berries and add a sweetener if you so choose. I add 1/2 cup honey. Store this in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

In our house we take 1 Tablespoon a day for healthy adults, and 1 teaspoon a day for healthy kids. If we have a cold or flu we take 1 dose in the morning and 1 in the evening.

In good health,

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Charley Davis

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Elder Berries Whole Organic – 1 lb,(Frontier)


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Smoked Clams

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Smoked clams in a can? They’re ok, but they got nothin’ on the real thing. These fresh beauties from the sea will bring out your inner pirate and have you swashbuckling your way down to the seashore at every low tide.

We are really fortunate to be able to dig for butter clams here in the northwest, but if you are an east-coaster you would probably want to use quahogs. This method would work equally well with clams from the store for you land-lubbers.

First you want to clean your clams (clams from the store are probably already cleaned). Soak them in some salt water from the briny deep for about 2 hours. Add little corn meal if you’ve got it to help them flush out the sandy bits. Drain, rinse, and discard any that are gaping open, those suckers are dead.

Next, you want to put them in a big pot. Don’t add any water, they have plenty inside. Steam them for about 10-15 minutes, until they open up. let them cool enough to handle, then you want to remove them from their shells.

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We brine up the ones that are about bite size and intact. If they are huge or falling apart, we chop them up and can them for clam chowder. We also strain the juice (clam nectar) and use that in chowder and in canning the chopped clams.

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Now, the brine is what makes the smoked clams spectacular. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 c Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tb Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tb Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1 gallon of water

Mix all of these ingredients together and put the clams in to soak. Brine them in the fridge for 4-6 hours.

Now you are ready to smoke those clams! Take them out of the brine and lay them out on your smoker trays. Load up your smoker, but don’t turn it on yet. You want them to dry out a bit and form a “pellicle”. That’s a dry layer on the outside of any meat you are going to smoke. Let them hang out for a half an hour or so, then stoke that smoker up with wood of your choice, and smoke them for about two hours.

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When they are all done, take them out and toss them with enough olive oil to coat. Start drooling.

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If we are fortunate enough to have a bounty, we will vacuum pack them and put them in the freezer, but usually they will be all eaten up that day. Enjoy!

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Charley Davis

A disclosure about affiliate links: Affiliate links allow me to make a small commission from sales related to posts. This is what keeps Funny Little Farm up and running, so if you would like to support the farm and you see something you need, this is a great place to get it!


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Smokehouse Products Little Chief Front Load Smoker


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Cheater, Cheater, Homemade Bread Eater

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“Bread machine? What kind of self-sufficient homesteader are you anyway?!”, you say.

The sometimes lazy kind, seriously. I have hand made many a loaf of gorgeous, crusty, artisanal bread in my time, and I love me some good bread. But sometimes you just need a yummy sandwich loaf, without too much work.

This lovely loaf is so flippin’ simple. It does what it’s supposed to do, just about every time. This is a recipe for old reliable. It’s delicious and wholesome and made in your bread machine! I use this Oster and I love it. (Note: you can, of course, make this loaf by hand if you so prefer)

  • 1 1/4 c water
  •  3 Tb sugar
  •  3 Tb vegetable oil
  •  2 c bread flour
  •  1 c whole wheat flour
  •  1 1/2 tsp salt
  •  2 tsp yeast

Add all of the ingredients into your bread machine in the order listed. Follow your bread machine’s instruction manual to set it for whole wheat. Press start. All done!

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Charley Davis

A disclosure about affiliate links: Affiliate links allow me to make a small commission from sales related to posts. This is what keeps Funny Little Farm up and running, so if you would like to support the farm and you see something you need, this is a great place to get it!


Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker

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