[Homestead] Cough syrups/drops
lkvp at floydva.net
Thu Nov 18 15:35:22 EST 2004
Thought this might be useful to someone. Use too much of this stuff
though and you'll help your friendly Dentist.
Basic Cough Syrup
*Teaspoon honey or corn syrup and 2 drops lemon juice (avoid honey in
younger than 1 year--Botulism risk)
*Horehound cough drop and cough syrup recipes*
<>*Mullein Cough Drops*
½ cup mullein leaves, packed
1 cup boiling water
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
*Basic Herb Candy (Cough Drops)
*<>3 cups strong herb tea (from herbs grown in your garden--horehound
3 ½ pounds sugar (about 8 cups)
(I use brown sugar for the horehound drops, but white sugar would
probably be better for a more delicate-tasting tea.) *
* <>Mix sugar and tea in large saucepan (use one a lot bigger than you
think you'll need - the mixture foams up and could easily overflow).
Boil until mixture reaches 292 degrees (be sure to make adjustments for
Pour into large, shallow buttered pan and let cool. Cut into pieces
before it hardens all the way. You could also pull it like taffy, if you
want a softer, chewier candy.
Using a candy thermometer, see what temperature water boils at your
altitude. At sea level water boils at 212 degrees. At my altitude, water
boils at about 188 degrees. So I have to subtract 188 from 212 (boiling
point at sea level, which is what almost all recipes use), the result is
24 degrees. Therefore as long as I live here I always need to subtract
24 from the temperature in most recipes, (which in this case is 268
degrees - 292 minus 24).
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