Easy Fire Cider Recipe

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I first made fire cider years ago when I was creating a presentation on building a native herb medicine chest. It wasn’t made from native plants here in Arizona, but it popped up in my research. I had never heard about it before, but knew the individual benefits of each of the ingredients. I had to make it, but when I tasted it, I wondered how I would ever get it down more than once. It was so spicy. I think the recipe I used didn’t include honey, so it was just hot, sour and pungent.  Years later I found other recipes and began making it with honey and a it was much better. In fact it was so good that I used it in cooking and salad dressings. I believe Rosemary Gladstar published the recipe originally, and her recipe is the base of all that I have seen.

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GARDEN

HERBS

APOTHECARY

HEALTH

Grow or Buy Your Ingredients

We are so lucky to live in Central Arizona because our climate is so similar to the Mediterranean. That means we can grow nearly all of the ingredients needed for Fire Cider. Even our local honey will contribute medicinal properties from the amazing plants that grow here.

Yes! We can grow Turmeric, Ginger, Onion, Garlic, Horseradish, Ginger, Rosemary, Bay, and Peppers. I often use native Chiltepin Peppers as well as Citrus and Lemongrass. The only thing I haven’t been able to grow is Black Pepper, which increases the potency of Turmeric, so I absolutely include it no matter what.

Fire cider ingredients are what make this potion incredibly effective in helping our bodies fight off . Let’s look at what each of them brings to our bodies.

  • Onion: respiratory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, digestion aid
  • Garlic: anti-viral, reduces blood pressure, antioxidants, improves immunity
  • Ginger: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, aids digestion, improves blood circulation 
  • Horseradish: antibacterial, supports immunity, pain relief, metabolism boost, blood pressure, digestive aid
  • Bay Leaf: immune boost, digestive aid, lowers blood sugar levels, anti-cancer, 
  • Hot Peppers: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, eye health, memory health
  • Rosemary: immune system support, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
  • Turmeric: strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, heart health, eye health
  • Black Pepper: wound healing, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, increases bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: reduce blood sugar levels, improves digestion, antimicrobial and anti fungal
  • Honey: anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, cardiovascular and brain health, gastro-intestinal protection

So now that you see what is in Fire Cider you can imagine how one shot of that per day can do for you. Take it when you are healthy to stay healthy, and take it when you are sick to make you better.

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Let’s Make Fire Cider!

Making Fire Cider couldn’t be easier. Simply gather all the ingredients, chop them, add vinegar and let sit in jars for a few weeks. Once it’s done you strain it and add the honey. I like to use a food processor to quickly and finely mince everything for the added surface area, but you can use a knife to chop it with no need for electricity, which I also like. Here is a play-by-play of my method.

Step 1: Chop or grate each ingredient and distribute evenly into jars

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Distribute the ingredients into the jars as you go or put them all into a big bowl and mix them together first. I find that it is less messy to distribute it as I go.

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There is no need to peel anything since we are merely extracting the juices. Simply place unpeeled ginger garlic, turmeric and onions in the food processor. If you are using fresh horseradish, cut it into 1 inch pieces before chopping because it is a very tough root that can damage your food processor or blender if left in large pieces. Note: you can use powdered turmeric if fresh isn’t available.

Step 2: Add Vinegar

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Once jars are filled, simply pour apple cider vinegar up to the top and place a lid tightly on the jar. You will be shaking these jars daily, so make sure the lids seal well. Sometime the plastic ones are not the best option for this. Metal lids an rings do well, but may corrode slightly with the acid.

Step 3: Place in dark cupboard and shake daily.

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Add the spaghetti sauce and 1/2 cup of any small, bite-size pasta to the pan of simmering water. (Shown here is ditalini and my homemade vegetable broth powder that was added in step 1.) Cook for another 15 minutes until pasta is done.

Step 4: After 3-4 weeks, it’s time to strain your Fire Cider

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The first time I strained my Fire Cider I used my fruit press (this one) with a liner inside. It’s the same one I use to crush honey from comb. Now, however, I simply use my pour-over coffee maker with reusable filter.  (I use these for straining my tinctures and herbal infusions as well.)

Step 5: Add honey to your jars

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You will need another set of jars to pour your finished Fire Cider into, so make sure you have some clean ones before beginning. Measure your honey into each clean jar before straining the liquid.

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After weeks of macerating in apple cider vinegar, all of the Fire Cider components will have melded together and become a very strong (smelling and acting) elixir. Give it one more good shake and then carefully pour the contents of the jar into the strainer of your choice and press down with a spoon to ensure you get all the liquid. If you are making a lot at once you could also use a clean pillow case in a large bowl or bucket. This is a bit messy, but it works.

If you poured the honey in the clean jar first, then all you need to do is stir or shake to dissolve the honey.

Step 5: Store Fire Cider in a dark bottle or in a cupboard.

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I keep most of my Fire Cider in the cupboard if I make a large amount. For daily use, I fill a dark wine bottle with Fire Cider and keep it on the counter along with a custom-made shot glass made by my friend Anita from Desert Dragon Pottery just down the road from us.

I love how the earthy feel of the pottery gives the Fire Cider an extra sense of connectedness. You can buy your own Fire Cider shot glass at our farm stand any day of the week.

Fire Cider Recipe

Since Fire Cider is more of a traditional folk medicine, there really are no definite measurements needed. You can use more or less of each ingredient and even add herbs that you prefer or have better access to. If you can’t get horseradish, try mustard seeds or mustard root. Use

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INGREDIENTS

This recipe is for one quart of Fire Cider before straining. Multiply the ingredients per jar if you are making more. This lasts for a year, so it doesn’t hurt to make a lot at once if you consume it daily.

  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped
  • 1 whole bulb of organic garlic
  • 2 organic jalapeno peppers or 2 Tbsp chiltepins
  • 3-4 inch piece organic ginger root (or organic ginger root powder)

  • 1/2 cup fresh organic horseradish root
  • 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder or 2 turmeric rhizomes
  • 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of raw, local honey
GUIDE / INSTRUCTIONS
  • 1
    Finely chop all ingredients and add to a quart jar.
  • 2
    Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar and tightly seal.
  • 3
    Place jar in a dark cupboard and shake once daily for 3-4 weeks.
  • 4
    Add 1/4 cup honey to a clean quart jar.
  • 5
    Strain Fire Cider ingredients through a coffee filter or other fine sieve into the clean jar with honey added.
  • 6
    Seal the jar and keep in a dark cupboard or in a dark bottle on the counter.
  • 7
    Drink 1 ounce daily for health.
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NOTES

Fire Cider will last for up to a year, so feel free to double or triple the recipe. This makes a wonderful salad dressing when mixed with olive oil. Just another way to consume this healthy immune-boosting elixir.

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Fire Cider Recipe

Since Fire Cider is more of a traditional folk medicine, there really are no definite measurements needed. You can use more or less of each ingredient and even add herbs that you prefer or have better access to. If you can’t get horseradish, try mustard seeds or mustard root. Use

Morbi vitae purus dictum, ultrices tellus in, gravida lectus.

This recipe is for one quart of Fire Cider before straining. Multiply the ingredients per jar if you are making more. This lasts for a year, so it doesn’t hurt to make a lot at once if you consume it daily.

  • 1
    Finely chop all ingredients and add to a quart jar.
  • 2
    Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar and tightly seal.
  • 3
    Place jar in a dark cupboard and shake once daily for 3-4 weeks.
  • 4
    Add 1/4 cup honey to a clean quart jar.
  • 5
    Strain Fire Cider ingredients through a coffee filter or other fine sieve into the clean jar with honey added.
  • 6
    Seal the jar and keep in a dark cupboard or in a dark bottle on the counter.
  • 7
    Drink 1 ounce daily for health.
fire cider and vinegar
NOTES

Fire Cider will last for up to a year, so feel free to double or triple the recipe. This makes a wonderful salad dressing when mixed with olive oil. Just another way to consume this healthy immune-boosting elixir.

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