How to Make Pine Syrup at Home (Step by Step Guide With Pictures)

Anne
By Anne July 6, 2016 07:53

How to Make Pine Syrup at Home (Step by Step Guide With Pictures)

Homemade pine syrup is a great natural supplement that promotes overall good health and disease prevention. It’s also a simple, easy way to flavor cocktails, teas, and savory dishes, especially during the winter months. It will bring a unique lemony herbaceous component to any application. All pine needles are edible, so gather some clean branches and in just a few simple steps and only three ingredients, fresh pine syrup will be ready to enjoy!

How to Make Pine Syrup at Home in Under 40 Minutes

  1. The first step is to flavor the water that will be used to make the syrup. To do this, roughly chop a few small branches (about a handful) of pine needles to a more manageable size, and place in a sealable container.
  2. Next, bring one cup of water to a boil, and pour over the pine needles. Seal the container and allow the needles to steep for at least 30 minutes, and no longer than twenty four hours.how to make pine syrup step 2
  3. Once done steeping, strain out the pine needles from the water and discard them. Place the water in a small sauce pot along with one cup of sugar. Stir with a whisk or spoon while bringing mixture to a simmer. Once it has reached a simmer, allow to cook for about one minute.homemade pine syrup step 3
  4. Lastly, allow for syrup to cool before refrigerating. May be stored for about one month.how to make pine syrup step 4

How to Fully Benefit From Your Homemade Pine Syrup

In addition to flavoring and sweetening drinks, homemade pine syrup may have a wide array of health benefits. Primarily, it was dissolved in tea and used as an anti-inflammatory and a way to help decrease high blood pressure. Later on, it was found that it may be helpful as a remedy for relieving some symptoms of respiratory illnesses. Specifically, it can be taken to help ease the cough from bronchitis and asthma, as well as the common cold and flu. Vapors from boiling the buds can be used for clearing up nasal congestion, lessening a cold, and clearing skin.

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The syrup is also a good source of calcium, and one teaspoon per day has been shown to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis. It also contains a high amount of vitamin C and A, which will help strengthen the immune system and may prevent illnesses.

Additionally, homemade pine syrup may also stimulate digestion. When applied directly to the skin it may reduce muscle soreness and nerve pain. While pine remains to be a safe, natural way to potentially improve overall health, it is important to keep in mind that these health improvements are still being studied and may not work the same for everyone.

Other ways to incorporate the nutrition from pine syrup is through cooking. From a culinary standpoint, it adds an interesting minty and fresh tasting twist to sauces, roasts, marinades, stews, breads and broths. It would pair well with chicken, beef, or fish.

Using the syrup as a sweetener in cocktails and other beverages is another great use—it would add an interesting spin on lemonades, iced teas, mojitos, mint juleps, or an old fashioned. It can even be added simply to morning hot coffee or tea as a vehicle for a great daily supplement. Young needles tend to work best for cooking—they are lighter in color, softer, and have a milder flavor.

Making pine syrup at home is an easy process that yields a very useful ingredient. Whether it is simply a way to put a Christmas tree to good use, take a supplement, help make a cold more manageable, flavor the perfect soup, or make a comforting tea in the winter, pine syrup is an excellent way to incorporate both good flavor and good health into a daily routine.

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By Anne July 6, 2016 07:53
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10 Comments

  1. Scrot July 6, 12:59

    Hold on a minute…

    You state that this is healthy…

    Yet, you add an entire cup of sugar…

    Utter foolishness!!

    Any nutritional benefit gained from the micro amount of pine extract is totally negated from the heinous metabolic yo-yo you’ll experience from the sugar.

    A whole cup?!

    Seriously, unless one is literally starving, refined sugar has no place in anyone’s diet. Even then, if there is ANY option other than the sugar, eat it before going with the refined sugar…

    Get current on your info, before spewing this nonsense.

    If you value your health and pancreas, dont add the sugar… avoid it.

    Nuts!

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    • Doodlebug July 6, 13:11

      Ok, so now that you have “ranted”, how about offering some alternative recipes or suggestions……

      The author didn’t say drink a cup of this everyday…..

      Get a life, or since you seem ” so Enlightened” why not start your own “better than anyone else’s” newsletter/blog.

      I for one enjoy the info here and find most of it very practical and usable. When the crap hits even a know it all like you might find yourself doing things differently than you do now. Whole foods probably won’t be around for you to get your alternative sweeteners.

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    • NotAnIdiot July 27, 07:32

      It’s SYRUP. You use it very sparingly. The instructions even say “one teaspoon a day.” Our bodies actually need sugar..I know, I suffer form occasion low blood sugar.

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  2. obleo July 6, 14:01

    Ok, you have 1 cup of this….what’s the recommended dosage for blood pressure, for instance.

    Can you sue stevia in place of sugar?

    Thanks

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  3. Daniella Boone July 6, 14:31

    Since you call it “pine syrup” I’m wondering why the pictures all show fir needles and not pine needles?
    Somehow, it makes me suspicious……..
    And does it make a difference if you use sugar pine, lodge pole pine or Ponderosa pine?

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  4. angel July 7, 06:35

    You list some of the vitamins, but do you happen to know the vitamin K content? People on blood thinners have to be very careful with this or it can affect their clotting times. Thanks!

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  5. scott July 30, 14:47

    can you actually use Pine? As Boone said it’s Fir or maybe even Spruce. Need to see it up closer. Big difference!

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  6. Redfox007 August 4, 15:58

    There appears to be an issue here. The pictures actually do not show Pine Needles, as it is brought out. So, do you use the real [pine needles? Or Spruce, etc? Also, would it be better to use honey rather than sugar? For health sake.

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  7. ladudgeo September 19, 16:39

    Why do the pictures not show pine needles?

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