Fire Cider

By |December 19th, 2014|health, tincture, wellness|0 Comments|

I was listening to a podcast recently where they talked a lot about “fire cider”.  I was intrigued, so I decided to watch this YouTube video demonstrating the way it’s made.

I thought it sounded like a wonderful idea and went out immediately to buy the ingredients.  Basically, it’s a mixture of garlic, ginger, horseradish, onion, cayenne and apple cider vinegar.

Once this mixture has steeped for a month or so, it’s strained out and the tincture is mixed with raw honey.  This is something to sip all winter to ward off colds and flu or can be taken if you feel something coming on.

I put all the ingredients together about 6 weeks ago and just ‘decanted’ it 2 days ago.  I think it tastes great!  It’s very garlicky and pungent and just tastes like wellness in a jar 🙂  My dad was coughing two days ago, so I gave him one jar and kept one for us.  I see this being consumed pretty quickly, so I plan to make a bigger batch in the next couple of days.

Here’s what I did…

I chopped 1/2 cup ginger and 1 cup each of garlic, onion and horseradish.

I chopped 1/2 cup ginger, 1 cup each of garlic and onion and 1 1/2 cups of horseradish.

I didn't bother to peel the ginger as it was organic.

I didn’t bother to peel the ginger as it was organic.

This is the container I used.

This is the container I used.

First I put the ginger and garlic in the jar.

First I put the garlic in the jar.

Then I added the horseradish.

Then I added the horseradish.

I put the onion on top.

Then I added the onion.

Then I put the ginger on top of everything.

And I put the ginger on top of everything. As you can see, the jar was pretty full.

This is the vinegar I used.

This is the vinegar I used.

I filled it with apple cider vinegar to cover.

I filled it with apple cider vinegar to cover.

And I put a half teaspoon of cayenne on top.

And I put a half teaspoon of cayenne on top.

I gave it a bit of a stir to distribute the cayenne.

I gave it a bit of a stir to distribute the cayenne. Then I put it into a dark cupboard to start its magic.

After 6 weeks, I strained out the solids and mixed the tincture with a couple of tablespoons of this raw honey.

After 6 weeks, I strained out the solids and mixed the tincture with a couple of tablespoons of this raw honey.

Then I poured it into two re-purposed mustard jars.

Then I poured it into two re-purposed mustard jars.

I think it’s great as it is, however next time I may use a couple of chili peppers instead of the cayenne for an extra ‘kick’.