Teri is a Fire Cider Pusher–or, at least, that is how she’s been described. Since she finds this spicy, folk cold & flu remedy so tasty and potent, she tends to offer a taste to anyone who comes over in hopes of converting them to its natural powers. Of course, it isn’t for everyone, but we make up batch after batch and use it to boost our immune systems and ward off the sniffles (or worse) during this time of year when it seems everyone around us is getting sick. There are lots of recipes for Fire Cider out there and we’ve created our version from a few inspirations (including Rosemary Gladstar’s basic recipe). Some folks add extra herbs like rosemary, turmeric or sage, but we go for basics and we go for organic ingredients. You can take this straight as Teri does (she takes a shot glass full every morning) or add it into salad dressings, marinades or recipes (Kori sneaks some into her tomato sauces during the Fall and Winter months.)
Teri’s Fire Cider Recipe
You’ll need one quart Mason jar for steeping and a pint jar for storing the cider once it’s done.
6-8 cloves of garlic
1-2 jalapeno peppers
Organic apple cider
Raw, local, organic honey
Discard peel and slice or chop onion and put in jar. Peel and coarsely chop garlic and add to jar. Chop peppers and add (you can add the stem, seeds and all), Grate 1/2 to 1 cup of horseradish root and add to jar. Grate 1/2 cup ginger root and add. Cover the whole mixture with organic apple cider vinegar. Cover with a non-corrosive lid (plastic or we use wax paper held with a ring) and let steep out of direct light for 4-6 weeks. Strain (compost the vegetables) and add 1/4 cup honey (or to taste) and store in a pint jar with a non-corrosive lid. This can be stored at room temperature or you can refrigerate it, if you’d like. Shake before using and take 1-3 Tablespoons each day as a preventative measure or as desired when you feel a cold coming on.
NOTE: You can add extra healthy ingredients like Rosemary, Hibiscus, and Rosehips. We’ve also been known to substitute organic Horseradish root powder when we couldn’t find good horseradish We get our herbs here.