This is a kid friendly way to make a mineral rich gelatin cube with the immune system boosting power of elderberry. But don't use regular gelatin packets. Look at your local coop or natural foods store for a high quality gelatin which avoids factory farmed animals and follows healthy pastured practices to produce an excellent quality powdered gelatin. You can usually choose porcine or kosher. Kosher meaning pork free, pastured cow source only. Be sure to look to see that the kosher gelatin is from 100% grass fed cows. Porcine may include a more varied diet, although it is cheaper. My older son is allergic to gelatin as well as pork and beef, so we make this only for 3 of us. He is very allergic to pork, so no pork products come into our home just to ensure safety. He is less reactive to bovine, so I am comfortable carefully preparing that for three of us without worrying about causing him a reaction. So, my preferred gelatin is the Great Lakes Unflavored Kosher Beef Gelatin.
Make a strong tea of your choice. You can use purchased tea such as elderberry echinacea, or any elderberry herbal tea bag blend.
I made my own::
1/4 cup dried elderberries
1" knob of ginger sliced finely
zest of one organic lemon
Tbsp of dried rose hips
Honey to taste
Add all ingredients to a pot with 2 cups of water, bring to a simmer with lid on, turn down to low, and let steep 45 minutes. Strain. While still warm add 1 Tbsp of good quality gelatin (I use Great Lakes Kosher Beef collagen joint care) per 1/2 to 3/4 cup of tea. Stir to dissolve gelatin, pour into shallow container and chill. Once set cut into 1-2 Tbsp size cubes and eat daily. Tasty!
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