This yellow, really intense smelling stuff is pure liquid gold. Truly. It’s an immunity-booster and is a lifesaver if you feel a cold coming on, have been stretching yourself thin lately or just need to turn up that internal heat.
Fire cider recipes have been passed down through generations of herbal and plant remedy enthusiasts, so the ingredients vary slightly, but below is the recipe that I follow (based on one that I found and since tweaked a bit). Because it has to ferment for so long and then strains down to a smaller amount, I make a large batch (which is below) but you can cut it all in half if you wish!
It’s a seriously fermented beverage that will keep on aging, so you really can’t go wrong!
Makes: 3 quarts to ferment (probably about 2 quarts of actual Fire Cider)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: fermented in the fridge for 1-2 months before straining
1 cup peeled and shredded/diced ginger root
1 cup peeled and shredded/diced horseradish root
1 cup peeled and diced turmeric root
1 cup peeled and chopped white onion
1/2 cup minced garlic cloves
4 chopped jalapeños
Zest and juice from 4 lemons
Raw apple cider vinegar
Prepare all your delicious and smelly roots and veggies. Dump them all into your high speed blender (I’m obsessed with my super old, hearty Vitamix, but just know your blender, if it’s not as powerful, cut the veggies smaller!) Pour apple cider vinegar over them. I did around 5 cups but you can’t really have too much and you want it all to blend up (the vinegar is your liquid!)
Blend! The mixture will be very bright yellow. Pour into quart sized mason jars, making sure that there’s liquid and the blended pulp of your roots/veggies in there. Seal a top on and stick in the fridge.
Let it sit for at least one month, I usually leave mine for two months before touching it. Strain it all through a filtration bag and pour the liquid gold back into mason jars and feed the pulp to your compost.
This is very intense stuff. I use a tablespoon of fire cider to 8-12 oz of water. My favorite way to enjoy fire cider is with hot water and a tablespoon of raw honey. Other ways to get it into your system include taking a shot (not for the faint of heart!), using as a base for salad dressing or mixed into your favorite soup.
Let the fire heat up your life!