It's Fire Cider Time! A Classic Tonic Herbal Remedy
Fire Cider is an herbal infused vinegar that packs a powerful punch! It fends off colds, flu with the intense antibacterial and antiviral properties of the ingredients, and it tastes great too! However, it's not for the faint of "stomach"! The hot spices of this tonic are great for digestion, and they will definitely warm you up! Although hot and spicy, it is a delicious and tasty tonic. Ways to use it coming right up! I just love this infusion for the Fall and Winter months.
My recipe (like 1,000's of other versions) is inspired by Rosemary Gladstar's original recipe from the 1970's. I'm sure her version is based on an even more ancient recipe too, as I have heard this tonic dates back perhaps hundreds of years.
Ingredients for Heidi's Version of Fire Cider
1 onion, chopped
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
1/2 cup shredded ginger root (I used a cheese grater)
1/2 cup shredded horseradish root (cheese grater again)
3-5 sliced cayenne peppers (or Jalapeno...I grow them all, so when I make this I just use the hot peppers on hand....but DEFINITELY the cayenne for it's healing properties)
Raw unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (with the "mother") I used a half gallon Mason jar, so you'll need quite a lot if you make this much at a time. You can also half the recipe and just use a quart size Mason jar too.
How to Make Heidi's Version of Fire Cider
1. Chop the onion and the garlic. Add to a half gallon Mason jar. Feel free to add more garlic! Garlic has incredible immune boosting properties!
2. Add the shredded ginger root and horseradish root. Warming and stimulating roots---great for the digestion too.
3. Add your peppers. Cayenne peppers, in particular, contain constituents that benefit many systems in the body, including the heart and joints.
4. Pour raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the "mother" over all to within an inch or so of the top.
5. I add about 2 tablespoons of the Molasses at this point, just so the flavor will soak into the herbs. You can also use honey, but add the honey AFTER the infusing is done, as I have heard the antibacterial properties of the honey may kill off the good bacteria in the infusion. I have no idea if this is true or not. You can also add the Molasses at the end too, if you prefer.
6. Cover with a plastic lid OR use the Mason jar lid, but put a piece of cloth under the lid part because the vinegar will corrode the metal.
7. Let infuse in a nice spot (I just put mine in a windowsill that gets hit with a little sunlight---you probably shouldn't let it sit in direct sun, but I have not ever had problems putting anything in this western facing sill) for about four weeks or so. Shake when you think about it.
8. After it's done, just strain out the herbal matter, bottle it up, and enjoy!
Ways to Use Fire Cider:
As a Daily Tonic:
Just drink a tablespoon or two a day! You can take it straight if you're brave, or, if you are like me, just mix it into some water. You will be amazed at how great it makes you feel!
As a Hangover Remedy:
I have never actually tried this myself, but I have heard Fire Cider works wonders as a remedy for when you have imbibed too much!
As a Dressing:
YES! It tastes that good! You can mix it with some oil, and it makes a completely delicious dressing.
In Your Cooking:
You can use it in your casseroles, sauces, etc. Just know that the heat will kill the good bacteria from the "mother" in the ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar). But the herbs still work, and so does the vinegar!
For Occasional Use When Feeling Like You are About to Get Sick....or IF You are Under the Weather----
Fill a small glass half full of the Fire Cider and mix up with half water. Sip and enjoy! If this is too strong, just dilute a bit more with the water. Drink throughout the day or as you feel like it. It really does help kick colds and flus faster, in my experience!
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I love buying Braggs by the gallon! I also make my own ACV, and there will be a post soon on that. But I love Braggs, and if you are not into making your own, this is the best you can get!
I love my extra large Pyrex measuring pitcher! I use it all the time when making large amounts of tinctures, infused vinegars, whey, etc. I could not live without this!
You can find Rosemary's original recipe for Fire Cider in this book. Plus, this book was my first stepping stone into learning about herbalism. I still use it often! It's one of my top favorites!