Sunday, 27 April 2014
There are lots of recipes on the Internet on how to make Fire Cider - my favourite will have to be by Rosemary Gladstar,
Here's my recipe. (Everything is from my garden except the onion and ginger.)
The horseradish ready to be harvested - lots of new little shoots happening - very thrilling as I do wish to share my plants so have taken cuttings and potted them up. In the mean time you can get some from Ginny's Herbs . so easy and fun to grow.
1 onion peeled and chopped
about 50 grams of garlic peeled and crushed and or chopped
about 50 grams of horseradish root peeled and grated
about 25 grams of ginger or about 4 inches peeled and grated
2 chillies chopped seeds and all.
good handful of thyme and rosemary leaves
Zest and juice of one lemon
as the norm my recipes are about - you want about equal amounts of garlic, onion, horseradish and about 1/2 the amount of ginger
The ingredients are hot and spicy so take care chopping especially the horseradish it is pretty potent stuff to work with (I shut my eyes when I grate horseradish) - wash your hands well before you touch your eyes.
Pour in organic naturally fermented (with the mother) apple cider vinegar - pour in enough to cover by about 1/2 inch.
Stir and then leave for about 4 weeks.- give it a shake daily
After 4- 6 weeks strain and add about 1/4 cup raw local honey add more or less honey to your taste
Fire Cider is a wonderful boost to the immune system - perfect for winter colds and flu, but I love it for stimulating the digestive system.
I love to use 1 tablespoon of fire cider with olive oil and lemon juice as a salad dressing- wonderful to get the digestive juices working.
For the cold and flu season add a tablespoon to hot water, juice of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon of honey and a dash of whiskey. Or take a tablespoon daily neat especially over the winter season.
Best time to make it is now in autumn so it will be ready for the winter flu season.