DIY Fire Cider

Fire Cider is one of those things that should be a staple item in everyone’s home. And everyone should know how to make it. It’s so easy. In this post, I will share some of the benefits of Fire Cider and my recipe so that you can get started making this in your very own kitchen.

Benefits of Fire Cider

Fire Cider has numerous benefits ranging from:

  • improves digestion
  • immune system booster
  • energy booster
  • warms the body
  • relaxes muscle cramping

About Fire Cider

Fire Cider came about in the 70s as a simple and inexpensive home remedy that was accessible to everyone with ingredients one would have in their home. It is a very effective home medicine that has become popular because of its benefits. The great thing about fire cider, especially when you make it yourself, you can customize it to your and your family’s needs.

To learn more about Fire Cider, check out this podcast “Traditional Fire Cider Recipes Benefits Guide with Rosemary Gladstar”, by Sacred Science. They interview Rosemary Gladstar, creator of modern day fire cider, who has a wealth of knowledge about the benefits, uses, and history of fire cider. She has also published a book about the very topic. Check it out just below.

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Fire Cider Basics

The basic essentials for fire cider are ACV (apple cider vinegar) onion, garlic, ginger and horseradish. From there add whatever else you have on hand or herbs containing the properties you want. If only the basics are what you have, then go for it. If you have other herbs and roots you’d like to use, go for it. As for the recipe I will share with you, if you don’t have something on the list no worries, just skip it. Dried herbs can replace fresh herbs. As far a quantity goes, go with your palette. I’d say for powdered herbs anywhere between 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon depending on your preference, needs, and palette. See my recipe below.

What you’ll need

Equipment

  • quart jar (or larger) with lid
  • smaller jar with lid
  • strainer (or cheesecloth, or coffee filter)
  • possibly wax paper (depending on your lid)

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2″ piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2″ piece fresh turmeric root, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon grated horseradish
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 4 chilies, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juice and rind
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1-2 sprigs thyme
  • 1-2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • honey to taste (optional)

How to Make Fire Cider

Prepare the ingredients. Put it all but the honey, in the jar. Cap. If you plan to use a metal lid, add wax paper between the fire cider and metal to keep the lids from rusting. Or you can purchase these awesome plastic leak proof lids that are BPA free. They are my favorites. Label the jar and add the date. Keep in a dark warm place to macerate for 2-4 weeks. Shake it every once in a while.

After the 2-4 weeks, using the strainer, coffee filter or cheese cloth strain the cider into your clean jar. Once the fire cider has been strained you can add the honey. To do so, add the strained fire cider to a pot and let heat up on low. Once it is warm add the honey. This allows the honey to dissolve better. Let it cool slightly then return it to the jar. Make sure to label and date.

Storing Fire Cider

Fire cider should be kept in a cool dark place, i.e. the refrigerator. Although it doesn’t last very long in my house, it is good for up to a year.

How to Use Fire Cider

  • Fire Cider can be taken daily. One tablespoon a day to warm the body and stimulated digestion.
  • Take when sick or the onset of a cold. When I get sick I take a tablespoon 3 times a day.
  • Add it to food. It can be used in soups, dressing, or other dishes where vinegar is used.

Cautions

Although many may benefit from Fire Cider, it is not for everyone. Talk to your healthcare practitioner if you are on medication, nursing, or pregnant prior to using herbs and fire cider. Fire Cider is not recommended for those on blood thinners.

The Recipe

Fire Cider

Use it daily. Take it in spoonfuls or add it to dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2″ piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2″ piece fresh turmeric root, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon grated horseradish
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 4 chilies, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juice and rind
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1-2 sprigs thyme
  • 1-2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • honey to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare the ingredients.
  2. Put it all but the honey, in the jar. Cap. If you plan to use a metal lid, add wax paper between the fire cider and metal to keep the lids from rusting. Or you can purchase these awesome plastic leak proof lids that are BPA free. They are my favorites. Label the jar and add the date.
  3. Keep in a dark warm place to macerate for 2-4 weeks. Shake it every once in a while.
  4. After the 2-4 weeks, using the strainer, coffee filter or cheese cloth strain the cider into your clean jar.
  5. Once the fire cider has been strained you can add the honey. To do so, add the strained fire cider to a pot and let heat up on low. Once it is warm add the honey. This allows the honey to dissolve better.
  6. Let it cool slightly then return it to the jar. Make sure to label and date.
  7. Ready to use! Store in the refrigerator for up to a year.

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