I made a big batch of Fire Cider today and I’ve got to say that I love the old, economical medicines the best.
Fire cider is an oxymel, meaning that it is made with vinegar and honey. Its a great tonic to warm the body and boost immunity, particularly useful during cold and flu season. It’s got quite a bit of garlic which is known for its antibiotic qualities. Allicin — the major biologically active component of garlic — exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used in medical treatment and studies
You really need base the amount of ingredients you use with the size of your jar/vessel. To give you an idea, I used about 20 gloves of garlic for a jar of this size (about 2 quarts).
Ingredients you will need:
- Garlic (lots of it), minced
- Citrus (oranges, lemons)
- Ginger, grated
- Horseradish, freshly grated or minced
- Onions, roughly chopped
- Some sort of pepper (I use jalapenos)
- Apple cider vinegar, with the mother
rosemary (optional extra)You’ll want to peel your garlic, horseradish, and ginger and then finely chop or grate these ingredients (you can totally use a food processor too…no judgment). Leave your citrus peels on and cut into quarter pieces. Add all the fruit and veg to the jar; in a separate container, stir the honey and the vinegar (so it’s well mixed) ans then add to the jar. Make sure you’ve got enough to cover the veg mix. Put parchment or cheesecloth on top to insure the mix doesn’t get contaminated with the rust that may form on top of the jar (vinegar does that).
Give it a few good shakes to make sure your ingredients are mixed in well. Label your cider with the date and store it in a cool, dry, and dark place. In about a month, strain your tonic through a chinois and voila, homemade medicine!