Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy made from a combination of apple cider vinegar that has been infused with herbs such as garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, horseradish, and hot peppers; but there are heaps of other herbs that can be thrown in for added benefits or flavour. Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it.
Fire Cider is one of the more pleasant and easy ways to boost your health and immune system, plus it also helps to stimulate digestion and improve your circulation – not a bad time of year for that!
How to Take Fire Cider:
– straight by the spoonful
– mixed with warm water, honey and lemon
– mixed with vegetable juice, lemonade or orange juice
– used in place of vinegar in salad dressings and condiments
– drizzled over salads, steamed veggies or greens
– added to soups, stews or chillis
– used in marinades for example with tofu or tempeh
– and it can even be added to cocktails like a Bloody Mary for a dash of health boosting goodness.
Personally I like to take a tablespoon each morning in the winter to help ward off any viruses going around – plus it warms me up from my head to my toes!
Fire cider is especially great if you feel any tickle at the back of the throat or the sniffles coming on.
Simply take 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeat every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside.
So how do you make it? Well – first of all it involves patience as it takes an entire month to be ready, but trust me, it’s worth it!
Here’s a recipe to give you an idea of what to use, but feel free to change it up as much as you like.
1 medium organic onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
1 tbsp organic turmeric powder or ¼ cup fresh turmeric root
1/4 tsp organic cayenne powder
Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary
organic apple cider vinegar
½ cup raw honey (or to taste)
1. Prepare all of your roots, fruits and herbs and place them in a litre sized jar (don’t add the honey yet!).
2. Next, pour over your apple cider vinegar to cover everything, ensuring it reaches the top of the jar
3. Seal with a lid (I use a jar with an air tight seal) If you use a jar with a metal lid, use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Acid + metal = rust!
4. Shake well and then leave it in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
I leave mine on my counter top (away from direct sunlight) so that I remember to shake it.
5. After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid out as you can from the pulp.
6. Next, add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach your desired sweetness.
Are you inspired to make fire cider now? I’d love to hear what you put in yours and how you use it 🙂
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