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Das waren die 2000er-Jahre: 5 Top-Filme bei Amazon Prime Video

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Nachdem ich schon für Netflix eine Liste mit fünf Filmen aus den 2000er-Jahren zusammengestellt habe, kommt nun auch Amazon Prime Video an die Reihe. Allerdings musste ich bei Amazon doch etwas länger suchen, um auf meine erhofften Perlen zu stoßen. Das hat jedoch auch daran gelegen, dass ich einen „Memento“ nicht gleich doppelt in die Listen hieven wollte.

Auch im Hinblick auf diese Liste gilt natürlich, dass sie vollkommen subjektiv ist. Und abermals erinnert euch bitte daran, dass ich freilich nur die Titel in die Liste packen kann, die tatsächlich bei Amazon Prime Video enthalten sind. Deswegen habe ich viele meiner Favoriten, als Beispiele seien „Minority Report“, „Mulholland Drive“ oder „Die Royal Tenenbaums“ genannt, außen vor lassen müssen.

Falls ihr für Abonnenten von Amazon Prime Video vielleicht noch ganz andere Tipps aus den Jahren 2000 bis 2009 auf Lager habt, dann natürlich gerne immer her damit in den Kommentaren! Nicht nur ich, auch die anderen Leser freuen sich sicherlich, wenn ich da eventuell noch das ein oder andere Juwel entdecken lässt. Vorerst sind dann hier meine Top-5-Filme aus den 2000er-Jahren bei Amazon Prime Video.

5. Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood hätte man vor einigen Jahrzehnten wohl nicht zugetraut, dass dieser ehemals für markige Western und Actionfilme bekannte Haudegen mal zu den angesehensten Regisseuren Hollywoods zählen könnte. Diesen Ruf hat er sich mit Filmen wie eben „Million Dollar Baby“ aus dem Jahr 2004 erarbeitet. Ich wurde damals von einem Kumpel „gezwungen“ das Drama mitzuschauen, blieb dann aber überraschend überzeugt von den Qualitäten dieses Werks zurück. Auch wenn die Story um die angehende Boxerin Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), welche unter den Fittichen des idealistischen Trainers Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) aufblüht, anfangs etwas vorhersehbar bleibt, ist man stets emotional von den Charakteren mitgerissen.

Dabei mag „Million Dollar Baby“ viele Sportfilm-Klischees bedienen, anders als bei vielen anderen Titeln aus diesem Genre gibt es aber doch eine Wendung am Ende, mit der das Genre etwas unterlaufen wird. So löste das letzte Drittel des Films in den USA dann auch einige Kontroversen aus. Auf jeden Fall ist „Million Dollar Baby“ ein exzellentes Drama, das auch seine vier Oscars zurecht mitgenommen hat.

4. The Green Mile

Hier würde Caschy vermutlich das einzige Mal bei meiner Filmliste applaudieren, auch wenn ich ein wenig gemogelt habe. Denn auch wenn „The Green Mile“ in Deutschland erst 2000 gestartet ist, lief er international bereits 1999. Doch ein wenig Freiheit braucht der Mensch, was nicht nur für mich als Autor gilt, sondern auch für den zentralen Charakter des Films, Michael Clarke Duncan als John Coffey. Letzterer sitzt im Todestrakt. Doch der Hüne, welcher angeblich ein brutaler Mörder sein soll, erweist sich in den Augen der Wärter als sanftmütiger Riese. So hat nicht nur Wache Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) schnell Zweifel daran, dass Coffey zurecht zum Tode verurteilt wurde.

Und da „The Green Mile“ auf einer Geschichte von Stephen King basiert, kommen hier dann auch einige übernatürliche Elemente zum Tragen. Dabei trägt der Film teilweise sehr dick auf und drückt ordentlich auf die Tränendrüse. Doch diese Sentimentalität verzeiht man insgesamt gerne, denn Regisseur Frank Darabont schafft es mit seiner ruhigen Erzählweise stets das Pathos so zu verpacken, dass man John Coffey ohne nachzudenken auf seinem schweren Weg über die grüne Meile folgen mag.

3. Zombieland

Von „Zombieland“ hatte ich anfangs nicht viel erwartet. Ich bin alles andere als ein großer Horror-Fan und Komödien aus diesem Bereich sind immer so eine Sache. „Zombieland“ allerdings macht alles richtig und bietet Charaktere mit Wiedererkennungswert, tolle Gags und eine seichte aber doch unterhaltsame Story. Und dann ist da natürlich eines der grandiosesten Cameos der Filmgeschichte, das ich an dieser Stelle nicht vorweg nehmen möchte.

Amazon hatte ja sogar mal vor aus „Zombieland“ eine TV-Serie zu machen, stampfte das Projekt allerdings nach einem Pilotfilm dann doch wieder ein. Vielleicht ist das am Ende besser so, denn der Streifen mit Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson und Emma Stone bleibt ausreichend im Gedächtnis und ist in sich perfekt geschlossen. Also: Haltet euch an die Regeln, wer „Zombieland“ gesehen hat, weiß was ich meine, und gebt dieser Horror-Komödie eine Chance.

2. Gladiator

Im Nachhinein wurde „Gladiator“ 2000 sicherlich etwas überbewertet: Drei Oscars und diverse weitere Preise räumte der auch kommerziell überaus erfolgreiche Film von Ridely Scott mit Russel Crowe in der Hauptrolle als Gladiator Maximus ab. So gibt es hier dann doch viele Over-the-Top-Momente, für die meistens gut und gerne Joaquin Phoenix als zwieträchtiger Commodus verantwortlich ist. Trotzdem ist „Gladiator“ immer noch ein sehenswertes historisches Drama mit feiner Action und einer emotionalen Geschichte.

So bietet sich „Gladiator“ auch fast 20 Jahre nach seiner Entstehung immer noch für einen Filmabend mit Kumpels an und kann aufgrund der üppigen Ausstattung immer noch mit Schauwerten glänzen. Wer also auch auf Serien wie „Rom“ oder „Spartacus“ abgefahren ist und generell Historienfilme mag, sollte „Gladiator“ auf jeden Fall auf seine Liste setzen.

1. Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban

Bei Amazon Prime Video steht natürlich nicht nur der dritte Film, sondern die gesamte Filmreihe zu „Harry Potter“ zur Verfügung. Ich habe hier aber „Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban“ herausgegriffen, da es sich meiner Meinung nach um den besten Teil der gesamten Reihe handelt. So hat der mexikanische Regisseur Alfonso Cuarón („Gravity“) dem Universum des Zauberers wahre Magie eingehaucht. Der Film kommt perfekt auf den Punkt, ist visuell sehr einprägsam und erzählt eine Geschichte, die generationsübergreifend fasziniert.

In „Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban“ hat unter anderem auch Gary Oldman als Sirius Black seinen ersten Auftritt in der Filmreihe. Natürlich bleiben diese Fantasy-Filme Geschmacksache, aber nicht umsonst ist der dritte Teil insgesamt unter Fans der beliebteste und wird oft als positives Beispiel herausgegriffen. Wer skeptisch bezüglich Harry Potter ist und zum Reinschnuppern nur einen einzigen Film antesten möchte: „Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban“ sollte es sein – die Vorkenntnisse kann man dann auch später mit den ersten beiden Teilen nachholen.




Source: https://stadt-bremerhaven.de/das-waren-die-2000er-jahre-5-top-filme-bei-amazon-prime-video/

Ep 15. Spray Foam & Termite Bond Debacle PT. 2

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On this week’s podcast, Danny and Joe discuss:

• We delve deeper into a controversy between termite bonds and foam insulation. Hear from an expert to learn the status of this situation.
• Why you don’t need a power washer to clean off a wooden deck.
• A homeowner needs help with some corroding posts


• Joe’s Simple Solution will help you seed your grass without having to buy a tool.

Podcast Question of the Week:

Brian says, “I have several insulated windows that are fogging in between the panes. What is happening there?”

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Sunday Morning Comics: Jumpin’ Jack Flash!

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Now that I have some free time on my hands, my redneck friends and I found some inspiration from the good ol’ Dukes of Hazard. If they can jump the General Lee, surely we can get some air on a few vehicles we’re planning on selling for spare parts, right?

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We built a dirt ramp using an old Ford tractor with a bucket on the front. That was the easy part.

What took a little longer to figure out was how to get those SUVs to run down the trail straight at full throttle. I figured a 2 x 4 wedged between the pedal and the seat would do the trick for the gas, but that steering was a pain.

First, we tried a one of those anti-theft bars. All that did was keep the vehicle from straying as far as it would without one but it still wouldn’t stay on track. One of the boys had some 50-pound braid for cat fishing around the stumps. That snapped after the first bump.

Finally, I decided enough is enough. I grabbed my nephew’s 4 wheeler helmet that he never uses anyway and got in the front seat. I downed a Rockstar for some extra energy and to steady my nerves. Looking back, it might have made them worse, but I didn’t want to risk another DUI with a shot or three of Kentucky’s finest.

And you know what? 5 seconds later, I had the freedom of flight.

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Then I hit the ground.

I don’t really remember anything after that, but the boys showed me the video when they came to visit me in the hospital. I’ll be out in another week or so according to the doc. Check it out for yourself!

Sunday Morning Comics on Pro Tool Reviews is designed to make you laugh at the absurd world we live in by putting a completely made-up twist on what we see. If this post didn’t make you laugh, we’ll feel really bad about it for 5 seconds. Maybe 6.



Source: https://www.protoolreviews.com/news/sunday-morning-comics-jumpin-jack-flash/42488/

How to Start a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden (8 photos)

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How to Clean + Declutter Your Kitchen Counters (and keep them that way!)

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You’ll be surprised how keeping your counters clear can help eliminate that disorganized and cluttered feeling. Here are a couple quick steps to tackle that kitchen counter clutter once and for all.  If you’re doing The Clutter Challenge with me, I hope the timing of this post is perfect.

  • Completely clear your counters. Remove everything and place it on your kitchen or dining room table.
  • Wipe your counters with your favorite cleaner or with a bar mop towel or sponge and warm, soapy water.

  • Look at all your counter goods on your table – is there anything that you don’t use daily that can be put in a different place or in a cupboard or cabinet? Is there anything that you can donate or give away? Before you move everything back, take a minute to edit your counters a bit. If you only use your toaster or blender once or twice a week and you have limited counter space maybe it would be better stored elsewhere. A little space on the counters is a good thing – you don’t need to fill it up!

  • Put the remaining items back on your counters and think about zones as you return the items. If you keep baking goods (flour, sugar) on the counter, put them back by where you store your mixer or measuring cups. Put your coffee pot back by the coffee mugs.

Once you’ve returned your items to the counters, resolve to keep them cleared off for a week to see what a difference it makes.

  1. After every meal put things back where they belong.
  2. Don’t pile dishes on the counters.
  3. Empty your sink and dishwasher as soon as you are able.  Check out this post for my full kitchen sink set up.
  4. If you’re a mail stacker, sort your mail right away and don’t leave it on the counters.

If you really work at this this whole week, you’ll see how easy it is to keep it up, it’s when you let it go that it becomes a chore and overwhelming!




Source: https://www.cleanmama.net/2019/01/how-to-clean-declutter-your-kitchen-counters-and-keep-them-that-way.html

Designing new master bathroom. What do you love/hate about your master bath? What do you wish you had? What can't you live without?

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We're doing a major renovation and addition to a home we bought. The work is being done by a professional custom home builder.

I haven't found a good master post for bathroom design ideas. Not sure if this belongs elsewhere but I've always been happy with the advice I've found on this sub.

Anyway, I'd welcome any ideas or advice on bathroom design, layout, materials, hardware, features, etc. that would help us come out with an awesome bathroom. What do you love in your bathroom? What do you wish you had?

For background, we are an engaged couple in early 30s with no kids. House will be a little over 2000 sq ft with 4 beds and 2.5 baths. Master suite is on the second floor. We prefer showers and are not really into bathtubs (there will be a tub/shower in the guest bathroom). We work opposite shifts so one of us is often getting ready for work/bed while the other sleeps.

Thanks in advance!



Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/a6xzmw/designing_new_master_bathroom_what_do_you/

Buy Doors and Windows online?

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I recently bought a 3000sf house. I'm renovating it and replacing the 60's era sliding glass doors. I have 2x 10' sliders and 3x 8' french doors that all need replaced - it is probably $10k-$30k worth of doors. I have worked with a couple different places trying to get some prices and it is infuriating. It takes days to get an answer on anything, and there are a thousand questions like "do you want a screen on that window?" and you say, "hmm... how much does it add to the price?" the answer every. single. time. is "I don't have any idea" or "we can build out the price and then change it and figure it out". If you sit there, every iteration takes an hour, and then at the end of that they say "well... we could try it as a Pella instead", then it's a couple more hours to ask all the same questions (with all the same "I don't know" answers) only to get a vastly different price - at which point I say "can I look at a Pella door?" and they show me a 18" x 24" window and tell me that my $4000 door is "from the same line".

I have never seen an industry so ready for an online option. That said, I can't find a decent vendor who will let you build it out online.

Any suggestions?



Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/aie8q4/buy_doors_and_windows_online/

Two Cases of Legionnaires' Confirmed at PA Health Care Center

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RICHLANDTOWN, PA — Eastern PA news affiliate WFMZ-TV has reported two confirmed cases of Legionnaires' Disease at Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. Water samples have been taken at various points in the center's plumbing system, but results may not be known for weeks.

According to a Phoebe Richland spokesperson, the cases are from two different area hospitals. One was diagnosed on January 2 and the other was diagnosed on January 5.

The report includes a statement from Phoebe Richland:

The health and wellbeing of our residents and staff are Phoebe's top priorities. In the last few days, two residents who were recently admitted to Phoebe Richland Health Care Center were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. While both residents were quickly treated, tragically one of the residents has passed away due to multiple contributing health factors.

We are deeply saddened by our resident's passing, and we have expressed our condolences and offered support to this individual's family. The other resident remains in stable condition and is undergoing treatment. At this time, no additional residents have any symptoms of Legionnaires.

For more, visit the WFMZ-TV web site.



Source: https://www.contractormag.com/plumbing/two-cases-legionnaires-confirmed-pa-health-care-center

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

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For the first decade we were together, the holidays were a (literal) drag.  In fact, we dragged ourselves all over the state and the country, working to fulfill everyone else’s holiday dreams and traditions. (Spoiler alert: most holiday seasons ended in exhaustion and tears, feeling like we’d met everyone’s needs but our own.) For us, having our second kid was our impetus to toss caution to the wind, tell our family that if they wanted to hang with us at the holidays, well, they knew where we were. And as part of that process we started slowly building up our own traditions, testing out things that worked, discarding things that didn’t.

I firmly believe that nobody should wait as long as we did to start building their own holiday plans. But regardless of how long it took us to get there, it’s turned out that I’ve loved creating family rituals. And even more than that, I’ve enjoyed the ability to kick anything I don’t like to the curb, without any guilt. And that means at this time of year, I always spend some quality time thinking about what rituals I love and want to keep doing, and what traditions are no longer serving me.

Luckily for me, since David and I started the long process of merging our Jewish and Protestant holiday traditions, I have had the habit of obsessively documenting what worked and what didn’t in any given year. (TL;DR: He hates Christmas with burning passion; it was once my favorite holiday.) Think of it as my ongoing interfaith science experiment, with the internet as my log.

What Works

I know what works: Our multi-year project of minimizing presents and maximizing activities. More joy, less stress.

For us that means one small present for every night of Hanukkah, matching pajama’s on Christmas Eve, and a few small presents on Christmas day. On the activity front, this year I booked Nutcracker tickets and fancy lunch in the city for my ballet-obsessed three-year-old (while leaving my wiggly six year old behind). We had a winter wonderland trip to Colorado to see family before Thanksgiving. Plus we have our standard fare of silver tree trimming with the collection of ornaments I inherited from my Grandmother, a latke and dreidel party, and a god-sibling Boxing Day celebration. I’ve learned the hard way that in order to make all of this work smoothly, everything needs to be scheduled by Halloween so I don’t have to worry about it during the rush of the holidays.

And beyond that we keep Christmas a low-key, semi-Jewish affair. We wake up, do quick morning presents, have a delightful holiday breakfast, and then head off to take advantage of a day where everyone but the non-Christians is staying home. Sometimes it’s a museum, sometimes it’s an empty park or beach, but it’s always nice (and low stress).

What Doesn’t

As for what doesn’t work, well, it never seems to change. In short, we hate the part of the holidays where you slave over a huge meal, and then sit down for a huge formal dinner. The composite parts of it always seem like they’d be perfect: David loves to cook; I love formal dinnerware and entertaining. In reality, it always turns into a stress fest. Everyone has their own list of requirements for what makes a holiday meal a success, the work to prepare is endless, the meal goes by far to fast, and the formality makes it feel un-fun. (Plus our kids are so small that after many hours of cooking, they’re done and bored in ten minutes or less.)

Last year I polled Instagram on better alternatives to the formal dinner, and y’all delivered, with ideas from movie marathons to takeout (with plenty of celebratory cocktails). So I’ll see if this year I can whip the food part of the holidays into shape, and create traditions we like… or at the very least, get rid of traditions we don’t.

How about you? What are your favorite holiday traditions? Which traditions do you feel stuck with, but aren’t working for you? Are you coming up with any new traditions this year? And are you building your own baby-family traditions, or sticking with the same ones you grew up with?




Source: https://apracticalwedding.com/favorite-holiday-tradition/

Healthfood Store Elderberry Syrup and Gummies. Worth the Price?

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When cooler weather arrives, you know that it’s that time of year once again. Coughs, cold and flu start flying around faster than in-laws and second cousins for family reunions and holiday remembrances. You know what else is flying? Bottles of elderberry syrup, gummies, and related products off healthfood store shelves.

While elderberry is a science-backed traditional remedy that is highly effective for the prevention and reduction of symptoms of coughs, colds and flu, are these commercial offerings any good? Is the store bought syrup as potent as homemade? Are these products even healthy to use?

Elderberry is Everywhere

The winter of 2017 with its severe flu season saw the great elderberry shortage, both of berries and over the counter elderberry products. The shortfall happened for good reason.

Elderberry is a millennia old food used as medicine. Hippocrates called it “that plant of God that heals everything it touches.”

For almost two thousand years, people have used elderberry for crafts, food, and medicine. From Native Americans to the Greco-Romans, from Russia to Canada, from ancient days to the Civil War, elderberry has held a place of importance and prominence for almost all people in places it grew.

Even pop culture can’t overlook elderberries, as it popped up during a flu outbreak in the hit TV show The Walking Dead.

Given its popularity, the number of elderberry products on the market has exploded over the past few years. Syrups, juices, gummies and a myriad of other products containing it are now available online and in stores.

Have you ever wondered if these over-the-counter elderberry syrups are any good? How do you know if you are getting the real deal?

Let’s examine these products in detail to see if they are worth the premium price people seem to willingly pay for them.

Tis So Sweet

The first thing you will want to ask about any elderberry product is how was it sweetened. Okay, you might ask, why does it need sweetening? Berries are already sweet, right?

Unlike other berries, elderberries are quite the bitter berry. By themselves the flavor is rather uninviting to the tastes buds.

Traditionally, elderberry was consumed cooked or fermented into beverages. Elderberry wines, meads and similar drinks involve the addition of sugar. This preparation wasn’t just to make them more palatable.

Raw elderberries are also somewhat dangerous. The entire elderberry plant contains a number of very toxic chemicals, including the berries.

Cooking and fermentation deactivate the toxins, but don’t do much to improve the taste. So people have always married elderberries to other ingredients such as herbs that enhance the berry’s benefits and flavor.

Unfortunately, many store bought elderberry syrups skimp on using high quality sweeteners, opting for low quality processed sugars or sugar substitutes.

Commercial Elderberry Sweeteners

One of the most favorably reviewed elderberry syrups on Amazon is made by Nature’s Way.

Fructose is the VERY FIRST ingredient! What’s more, Roundup riddled GMO corn is the likely source of this ingredient.

The third ingredient is vegetable glycerin. Again, this ingredient commonly comes from a number of problematic industrial crops. Why glycerin? It is naturally sweet, and consumers seem to accept it quite readily.

NOW elderberry liquid also contains glycerin as a substitute for any kind of sugar at all.

Traditional Sweetening

Fructose and glycerin are unnacceptable ways to sweeten bitter elderberry. They are cheap, add nothing but sugar and may potentially contain toxic residues. Due to its stickiness, glycerin may actually contribute to tooth decay especially in children who may take the syrup before bedtime to ease coughing.

Traditionally, elderberry was married to local raw honey or maple syrup for sweetening. Other herbs created synergistic benefits and further improved flavor.

Modern elderberry products, by replacing natural, unprocessed sweeteners for cheaper options, increase their profits dramatically while significantly reducing the overall potency of the final product.

Worse, cheap sweeteners actually make the product unhealthy to consume!

Misleading Labeling

Some elderberry syrup brands seem to go out of their way to fool consumers about the sweeteners they use.

You will notice that Gaia organic elderberry syrup label says “with organic honey for kid friendly taste”. The actual ingredients, however, list cane sugar as the primary sweetener with pasteurized honey third down the list (after water!).

While authentic elderberry syrups are around one-third to one-half raw honey, maple syrup, or a similar beneficial sweetener like pure date syrup, plan on a much more watered down experience with even the best commercial sellers!

Modern Elderberry Syrup Processing

Even if a brand does use a reputable sweetener, such as honey, we now run into the second concern. How do manufacturers process each ingredient as well as the final product before bottling?

Unfortunately, it appears that most if not all commercial elderberry products are subject to pasteurization. This means that even if a brand uses a quality honey, most of the benefits are lost during the production process. Some sources claim that cooked or pasteurized honey goes from helpful to harmful.

Why is Store Bought Syrup Pasteurized?

The shelf life of homemade or artisanal elderberry syrup is only 4-8 weeks (longer if refrigerated or frozen). On the other hand, heat treated store bought bottles can sit on shelves for months and months waiting for someone to finally scoop them up.

A good local maker will allow the elderberry mixture to cool before adding in raw honey, ensuring that its many benefits are preserved in the final product.

Unfortunately, if you call a manufacturer to find out their processing methods, you might get a cagey answer. When I called the company Honey Gardens about their syrup made with “raw honey”, they would not give an answer as to whether the product was pasteurized after blending to enhance shelf stability.

Elderberry Agriculture

Most elderberries used in commercial products are grown in western Europe, places like Austria and other such countries. Some of these are more strict than the United States when it comes to pesticides and other industrial agricultural chemicals.

Unfortunately, at this time there isn’t much data easily available on how farmers cultivate the bulk of these berries, what if any chemicals they commonly use to control pests, and how the berries test for any possible residues. For this reason, I would definitely stick with organic berries and organic syrups.

Beware of Fake Elderberry Syrup

Another problem with many commercially made products is that they don’t even use actual elderberries. Instead, they use elderberry extracts.

While many brands claim all sorts of interesting things about the potency of their product, it is really just a bunch of meaningless marketing fluff.

There is really no way to know how many ounces or cups of berries a manufacturer used to make the final amount of product.

One thing is almost certain. A commercially made elderberry syrup will not contain the same amount of elderberry as what you would make at home.

The chances that store bought, over the counter elderberry syrup is actually potent enough to help resolve illness is questionable at best.

Homemade vs Over the Counter Syrup

Let’s look at the potency of commercial vs homemade syrups by the numbers.

Most traditional recipes use a half cup of dried berries (or 1 cup of fresh) for each 16 ounces of final syrup.

Given that organic dried elderberries sell for about $30-50/lb, a single 16 ounce jar should realistically have $3-5 of berries in it!

You can be virtually certain that commercial elderberry syrup has nothing close to that potency per bottle!

What are “Wildcrafted” Elderberries?

What about products made with wildcrafted elderberies? Is this the same as organic? Well, that question is very difficult to answer.

Elderberries are a native, widely dispersed plant that often grows along fence lines, sinkholes, and where wood and pastures or crop lands meet. So, sometimes, you find large collections of bushes in relatively pristine places. Other times you find bushes right next to long stretches of industrialized GMO crops.

While companies claim their “wildcrafted berries” don’t come from near such operations, I would like to see how they ensure this to be true before I would give them my trust.

American vs European Elderberries

Does it matter if a product contains elderberries from North America or Europe?

Overall, I think the research at this point says no, it doesn’t.

Elderberry related plants are all close family, and researchers have found that the US varieties are as high and possibly higher in some of the beneficial compounds that studies show benefit our immune system and help with colds and flu. Future research will hopefully shed more light in this area.

Additives and Other Questionable Ingredients

Many store bought and online elderberry products have strange, unnecessary or otherwise questionable ingredients and additives.

Low quality ingredients such as citric acid, malic acid, and mono and diglycerides are common. Many contain the dubious “natural flavors” that is a catch-all for all sorts of industrial stuff with toxic residues.

One even has as a main ingredient just the words “proprietary blend.”

STAY AWAY.

Elderberry Gummies. Worst of the Bunch

Be on guard that commercial elderberry gummies are even worse than the syrups!

The ones I’ve checked have one or even two sugars as the first two ingredients. These sweeteners are usually non-organic and relatively low quality to boot. There is little actual elderberry in these products, hence any therapeutic value is likely slim to none.

Your child may love them, but are they doing him/her any good? Very likely the answer is no.

Instead of commercial elderberry gummies with little to no value for your child’s wellness, try making homemade elderberry jello instead. It’s fast and easy and contains enough elderberry juice per bite to be therapeutic.

Good Elderberry Ingredients to Look For

Besides elderberries and a natural, unprocessed sweetener, good quality elderberry syrups will often contain ceylon cinnamon, cloves, ginger, rose hips, and other beneficial herbs and flowers.

These ingredients work to increase the potency of the final product.

Look for certified organic for these whenever possible!

Price Comparison: Homemade vs Store Bought

The old adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t seem to apply to store bought elderberry syrup. Not only are you paying an arm and a leg per dose, but the quality and potency are highly suspect despite the steep price.

For example, certified organic Gaia syrup, you will pay more than $4… per ounce! And, the product is still pasteurized to allow that coveted shelf stability. Moreover, a cheap sweetener is used along with questionable additives.

By comparison, artisanally made syrups such as “Abby’s elderberry syrup” (full disclosure: she’s my daughter) only uses organic, high quality ingredients just like you would make yourself at home. It costs three-quarters less at about $1.00/ounce (we grow the fresh berries on our farm). Below is a picture of Abby making her homemade syrup which she can ship to you if you prefer not to make it yourself.

If you choose to make your own, the price you pay for berries, raw honey, and the other optional herbs will cost about $12-18/for 16 ounces.

Should You Buy Commercial Elderberry Products?

In sum, commercial elderberry products such as syrups and gummies are not worth the money.

Even if organic, they are watered down with cheap sweeteners and questionable additives. Those that contain raw honey and organic herbs are almost certainly pasteurized to enhance shelf life. Heat treatment negates the original benefits of these ingredients.

To get authentic syrup that actually helps prevent or quickly resolve colds/flu in your home, make it yourself (this elderberry syrup recipe is what Sarah has used for years), or buy from a small farm/artisan such as Abby’s Elderberry Syrup who will ship it to you freshly made.

John Moody is an author, speaker, farmer, homesteader, and Real Food activist. Most importantly, he is husband to an amazing wife and five awesome kids. John speaks nationally at a wide range of events, along with writing for numerous publications and consulting for farmers, homesteaders, and food businesses.

He recently published his first book, The Frugal Homesteader: Living the Good Life on Less.




Source: https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/commercial-elderberry-syrup-vs-homemade/

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