It’s been (hopefully) six – eight weeks of shaking and storing your alcohol or vinegar extract in the cool dark and it’s now time to bring your elderberry infusion(s) back to be run through the cottage tincture press, you should end up with approx 18-20 fl. ounces of herbal goodness ready for you to add your raw local honey to. Once you have added your own honey, your elixir is now ready to help you maintain health throughout the busy holiday season and well into the new year.
Happy Diversions at The Cottage: The pressing process will take about 20 – 30 minutes. To avoid backups in pressing, please call ahead with a time slot, unless you don’t mind the wait, and we have some nice diversions planned for your wait! We’ll have light nibbles and infused libations, in store specials, a trunk show, and personal readings from the Halloween Oracle by Gayle. Check out the separate events for the Trunk Show and Oracle Readings for details.
Should you choose to be the party pooper that I know you’re NOT – you can also drop your elixirs off ahead of time and pick up the following week. If you need more time, you may also press this out at home using a funnel and your tincture bag directly into the bottle you’re going to use, or a nonreactive strainer and your tincture bag into a large bowl or measuring dish. I’ve even used my stainless steel canning sieve. NOTE: Everything that touches your elixir ESPECIALLY if it’s vinegar based should be non-reactive, glass, stainless steel, or enamel coated. I don’t recommend using anything plastic unless you’re sure it’s non-reactive and you don’t mind it getting stained.
What you need to bring:
- Your wide-mouth jar with infusion
- One muslin pressing bag for each quart. If you don’t have one yet, or need to purchase more, they are available for $2.25 each
- A 2nd container (another quart jar, or even the container your vodka or vinegar came in will work nicely) for your strained elixir
What you’ll leave with:
- Your strained elderberry liquid in a 2nd clean container that you bring in
- Your original jar containing the spent herbs and pressing bag
What you’ll do when you get home:
- Add your honey, stir until honey is well mixed into the elixir
- Label your jar or container
- As a preventative, take 1 tablespoon of your elixir daily. Alternatively, take 1 tsp every 3-4 hours if you should come down with a bug. This should help shorten your recovery time. Be sure to check out the recipes contained in your handout!
Options for those who want to transfer elixir into small portions:
- 2, 4, and 12 ounce bottles will be available at a 20% discounted price.