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This is  a Badge Bit (BB) that is part of the PEP Curiculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB you will create elderberry infused vinegar.

- Make a journal page about a recipe for elderberry infused vinegar and dosage information.
- Make the infused vinegar, and take a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.

optional:
- Make a journal page about the uses and attributes of elderberry and how to ID and harvest it. Add it to the herb section.



source: mountainroseherbs.com



Web pages on how to make elderberry infused vinegar:


https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/elderberry-vinegar-recipe

https://www.freshbitesdaily.com/elderberry-vinegar/

https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/elderberry-vinegar-recipe


http://www.gallowaywildfoods.com/elderberry-vinegar-recipe/



To show you've completed this BB you must post pictures of the following:

- the journal page showing the recipe of the elderberry infused vinegar
- picture of the elderberries, freshly harvested
- picture of the infused vinegar being made
- picture of the finished vinegar in its labelled jar

Optional:

- the journal page showing the attributes of elderberries and how to harvest and prepare them
- a journal page outlining how to harvest and use elderberries safely (note, these berries can be toxic when incorrectly prepared)
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I strained my first pint of elderberry vinegar today!

I've had a bountiful harvest of elderberries this year.


Recipe from my natural medicine journal.


Making the infused vinegar.


I shook the jar daily and in a couple of days the vinegar began to change color.


Straining the infusion into an old vinegar bottle I saved.


I can see a lot of uses for it: salad dressing, marinades, switchel, etc. (need to add those to my notebook!)

This was the first time I've made an infused vinegar, and I'm pretty pleased with the concept. Easy to do and an excellent way to incorporate medicinal foods into our diet.
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Here is my BB submission!

Harvesting:


Starting materials:



After 4 weeks:


Strained & Labeled:


Journal Entry:



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Here is my submission for the Natural Medicine - Sand - Make an Elderberry Vinegar Infusion BB.

I used the heated method with the ingredients shown plus 1 cup of pre-boiled water to help with rehydration.  After the berries were rehydrated and cooked, the mixture was transferred to a jar (with a non-reactive lid) and shaken daily for over 3 weeks.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - the journal page showing the recipe of the elderberry infused vinegar
  - picture of the elderberries, freshly harvested
  - picture of the infused vinegar being made
  - picture of the finished vinegar in its labeled jar


I completed the optional journal entry information here:
Make an Elderberry Syrup
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Journal with Recipe and Usage
Journal with Recipe and Usage
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Harvesting
Harvesting
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Preparing for Dehydration
Preparing for Dehydration
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stovetop and ingredients
stovetop and ingredients
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heated method (photo of vinegar being made)
heated method (photo of vinegar being made)
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In jar with label
In jar with label
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