After the pandemic, many have understandably become more health conscious; especially when it comes to colds and flu.
As temperatures drop and sniff season begins, people will be looking for quick fixes and remedies to stay healthy — and now a viral one. TikTok has shown that you don’t have to look beyond your closets.
Johnny Kyunghwo Sheldrick shared a recipe for a Korean treat — known as a delicious hot drink side dish and a medicinal marvel — and it only requires two, easy-to-find ingredients.
‘Cheong’ is a way of describing preserves, syrups and marmalades, famous variants made with plum, yuja and quince.
Johnny Kyunghwo Sheldrick (pictured) shared a recipe for a Korean treat – known as a delicious side dish for hot drinks and as a medicinal marvel
The South Korea-based influencer started the clip by thoroughly washing and drying his citrus, then cutting them in half (left). He then mixed the slices with sugar and placed the concoction in a glass container (right)
But the soothing, sweet concoction can also be made with lemons and is the perfect pick-me-up if you find yourself getting sick.
Johnny’s recipe – which has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on social media – only requires three lemons and some sugar and can be ready to use within a day or two of making.
The South Korea-based influencer started the clip by thoroughly washing, drying and cutting his citrus in half.
He then advised cutting them as thinly as possible before weighing them. Then weigh out the same amount of sugar (Johnny used a mix of dark brown and white varieties).
For the recipe, Johnny weighed the same amount of sugar as his lemons, with a mix of dark brown and white variants
Johnny mixed ‘about two-thirds’ of the sugar in his lemon slices in a bowl, stirring the concoction thoroughly with gloved hands to coat the slices evenly
Johnny then suggested adding a tablespoon of the jam to Earl Gray Tea, saying it “really opens up the sinuses.”
Follow Johnny Kyunghwo Sheldrick’s recipe for a tasty, medicinal jam that will add a citrusy touch to your hot drinks
What you need:
- Lemon x 3
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
How to make ‘Cheong’:
- Wash and dry your lemons thoroughly before cutting them in half. Then cut the halves into slices as thin as possible.
- Weigh the lemon slices and then measure out the same amount of sugar. Johnny used a mixture of white and brown sugar.
- Mix about two-thirds of the sugar in a bowl with all of the lemon slices, making sure to coat each segment well. Johnny, wearing gloves on his lemon slices, stirred the mixture.
- Put the mix in a glass container and press everything together.
- Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and leave on a counter overnight.
- By the next morning, most of the sugar, except one layer from the top, should have dissolved – so mix in the rest.
- After this it should be ready to use – Johnny recommends enjoying it in a cup of Earl Gray tea.
- The preserves should last for months if kept in the refrigerator and used only with clean utensils, the maker says. He also recommends using some plastic wrap on the surface of the Cheong to avoid possible mold.
He then mixed “about two-thirds” of the sugar in his lemon slices in a bowl, stirring the concoction thoroughly with gloved hands to coat the slices evenly.
Johnny transferred his mix into a glass container – such as a jar – ‘make sure everything is pressed down’.
He topped it off with the remaining sugar and left the coated lemons on the counter overnight.
“By the next day almost all of the sugar will have dissolved, except for the top,” he said. “So mix that bit in.”
Johnny then suggested adding a tablespoon of the jam to Earl Gray Tea, saying it “really opens up” the sinuses.
In the comments, he advised that the preserves will “last quite a long time (months) if kept in the refrigerator” with “only clean utensils on them.”
“I also recommend using some plastic wrap on the surface of the Cheong to prevent possible mold,” added Johnny.
But does the sweet lemon preserve really help against the flu and colds?
In 2016, South Korean outlet: MBC wrote an article praising the healing benefits of Cheong during the winter months.
Referring specifically to the lemon varieties, the reporter advised mixing the sugary, citrusy blend with “warm or carbonated water,” claiming it helps prevent colds and relieve fatigue.
And lemons and citrus fruits are famous for their benefits thanks to being super-packed with vitamin C.
According to live strongit can act as a ‘natural antioxidant’ that ‘strengthens’ the immune system and has both antiviral and antibacterial properties.
However, some may be surprised to learn that canned foods and syrups can also ease your symptoms, although they are often used as alternative remedies in other cultures.
Raspberry jam is a famous Russian remedy for the common cold, often stirred into black tea to combat a sore throat.
There is debate about its actual effectiveness, but some reports claim the effectiveness comes from raspberry’s “anti-inflammatory,” according to blog understanding Russia.
It may also be that the saccharin notes of syrups and jams help, such as, according to Drugs.comsugar, as a form of glucose has a ‘soothing effect’ meaning it coats the throat tissue and is a ‘soothing film’ that helps with inflammation and redness.