It's Fire Cider Time!

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‘Tis the season for making Fire Cider, a delicious way to stoke the flame of your digestive and immune systems to stay healthy and warm this season.  It takes a few weeks to concentrate, but once it’s strained it will keep in the fridge for at least a month.  Use it as garnish to spice up a dish before serving, or toss with salad or roasted veggies. During cold and flu season I take a straight teaspoon every day for prevention, and more frequently if fighting a cold. The herbs and spices in this recipe are powerful anti-inflammatories, antiviral and antimicrobial, and raw honey is known for stimulating a healthy immune response. 

Fire Cider is a bit of an acquired taste and looks a little gnarly in the jar, but I promise it is worth getting used to. Last year I made a giant batch and gave a jar to everyone on my list (much to the dismay of some, I'm sure!). Now, even Martha Stewart makes Fire Cider!

HOMEMADE FIRE CIDER RECIPE from Mountain Rose Herbs

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
  • organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of raw local honey, or to taste

Directions

  1. Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
  3. Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
  4. Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
  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 liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
  6. Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.
  7. Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.

Next up: Elderberry Syrup!