I wanted to share with you all today with a little folk medicine recipe that I make for my family. Fire Cider is a traditional homemade recipe used to scare away nasty cold bugs and mainly used during the winter season as it's made typically with spicy and warm ingredients. When you mash it all up and steep it with ACV, you will get all the healing benefits the foods have to offer - antifungal, antiviral, immune boosters, anti-inflammatory, alkaline foods. It is spicy, it's yummy, it's healthy.
I typically use what I have on hand, or can easily get locally. That is the best way to go. Make sure your ingredients are well washed. This method doesn't require any peeling or deseeding, I just roughly chop everything and throw it in batches into the food processor (add a little bit of ACV if it's too dry). You can add as many of the ingredients on the list as you want to get enough mash to fill your jar. It's OK if you don't have a food processor, you can dice or grate the ingredients also.
Just as a general idea, here is the approximate amount of ingredients I used this year for my batch.
2 Quart Glass Mason Jar with a plastic lid.
Root: 6" piece of horseradish root, 6" of fresh ginger (3 pieces), about 6 pieces of turmeric root (these are smaller 1" Pieces).
Vegetable: 2 large Jalapenos, 1 whole medium yellow onion, 1 clove fresh garlic.
Herbs: Black Peppercorn, Cinnamon powder.
Fruit: 1 whole lemon, 1 whole lime
1/2 cup raw honey and about 6 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar.
I steeped this mixture in this jar on my counter for about 6 weeks, shaking daily. Then, poured the ACV off of the mash through a strainer into a clean jar. I store it in my fridge. Then I refilled my mash jar with ACV for a second round which I will leave for about 8 weeks. I only re-use the mash for a second steep, beyond that, It gets composted. I like having a cloudy mixture of Fire Cider, but if you prefer you could double strain it with cheese cloth to get the floating bits out.
It's easy to make, but not always easy to take - I can shoot down my dose no problem, my husband takes his diluted in water, and the kids like theirs in smoothies.
I start with 1 tablespoon for the adults and 1 teaspoon for the kids and we work our way up to 2 for each.
I know we are all trying to avoid a certain virus right now so it wouldn't hurt to add this recipe to your arsenal! Of course, I'm not a Dr. or medical professional and I'm not claiming that this will cure any disease or illness. Always check with your Doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay safe, and warm friends and thank you so much for checking out Farm Girl Cloth Co. Your support means the world to me and my family.