The cold and flu season is here and we have had a cold running its course through our home lately. A few of us were coughing and congested so this morning I decided to make up a batch of horehound cough drops. I took pictures along the way....
To make these cough drops you will need the bulk herb, horehound, honey and a little cream of tartar. I bought my horehound from Mountain Rose Herbs http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ . You can find my recipe on this page: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/herbsrecipescommoncold.htm
Begin by making a strong tea out of the herbs and water. Use ¾ to 1 cup of dried horehound for each cup of water. In the batch you see here I used 4 cups of dried herbs and 4 cups of water.
Put the herbs and water in a stock pot ..
Bring to a boil and let boil for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for about ½ hour.
Now it is time to strain the herbs. I use a juice pitcher, cheese cloth and clothes pins.
I pin the cheese cloth onto the juice pitcher leaving space to catch the herbs and the tea drains into the pitcher.
When I was done I had a little over 2 cups of tea.
I put this into my pan
Along with 3 cups of honey. You will need to 1 ½ cups of honey for each cup of tea.
Add ¼ teaspoon cream of tarter for each cup of tea…
Bring this to a boil. You will need a candy thermometer and let the mixture boil until it reaches 300 degrees.
While this is boiling spray a large pan with sides on it like a jelly roll pan, with non stick spray or you can use butter too.
When your tea/honey mixture has reached 300 degrees (this may take a few minutes to get there), pour into prepared pan…
Spread out and let cool slightly
As soon as it has cooled but is not hard yet you can score it with a knife. This will make it easier to break into pieces.
When it has completely cooled, break into pieces.
Use when you have a tickly throat, sore throat, congestion, cough and related symptoms of the cold and flu season.