Did You Sign Up For A Complimentary Elixir Pressing? | Read On
It’s been (hopefully) at least six weeks of shaking and storing your elixir or oxymel in the cool dark and now, it’s time to press your Elderberry elixir(s) so you can start taking it! Whether you press it at home, or have signed up to have it pressed for you, you should end up with approx 18-20 fl. ounces of herbal goodness for you to add your raw local honey to. Once you have added your own honey, your elixir is ready to help you maintain health through cold and flu season
Note: The Cottage pressing process will take at about 20 minutes. To avoid backups in pressing, please either drop your infusion off ahead to be picked up later, or call ahead with a time slot, unless you don’t mind the wait. 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 used my stainless steel canning sieve/masher thingy, which works just as well with a little elbow grease!
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 $2.00 a piece
- 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, the spent herbs, and the 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
- Please Discard your spent herbs in compost or trash. Don’t throw that bag out! Rinse it out well, then throw in the washer and keep for next year!
More Recipes and further details on your elixir can be found here: Elder Berry Event Handout