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Fire Cider Recipe

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

Cure colds, fight the flu, calm allergies, and boost immunity. Nope, it isn’t the newest vaccine your doctor is pushing, it is fire cider! Like you (probably), I had no idea what fire cider even was until I read about it on a blog.

When I was 5 months pregnant with our son, I started my search on Pinterest to find natural remedies to battle a bug I had gotten. I ran across a natural remedy called Fire Cider. I even found immune system boosting gummy bears in my search!! 

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

What is Fire Cider?

Fire cider is a combination of medicinal foods and herbs that are combined to create a tonic. The tonic can be used to boost the immune system and it can also be used to shorten the duration of a cold or bug.

The foods that we know in our culture to be healing foods, especially during an illness, like garlic, onion, and citrus, are infused in to raw apple cider vinegar. The infusion becomes a powerful immune supporting, anti-bacterial, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, and circulation + digestion boosting drink.

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

What is in fire cider?

There are few key ingredients that make up a great fire cider. The medicinal properties of each food, create a tonic that gives your immune system a powerful boost.

ONION

Onion has Allicin, which helps boost the immune system and increase circulation. Circulation in the body helps mobilize and sweat out any infection or intruder. Onion also has the ability to reduce inflammation and reduce histamine (allergy) response because of the quercetin it holds.

GARLIC

Garlic, especially raw garlic, is one of my favorite ways to boost my immune system. Garlic helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which helps your body respond to and address bacteria and viruses. Garlic, like onion, has allicin which helps stimulate the immune system. Raw garlic is best to consume, as when it is cooked the allicin is cooked down.

GINGER

Ginger, please and plenty of it! I love ginger and the warmth it adds to fire cider. Ginger is my go to when I am congested or feeling sick in any way. Not only does ginger help soothe the stomach, it also helps with congestion and cough.

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

In the case of apple cider vinegar, you will want to choose a raw apple cider vinegar. Raw is important because it contains the natural probiotics we need for gut health. The apple cider is infused with the ingredients as they soak in the vinegar.

HOT PEPPERS

It is called fire cider for a reason! Making your own fire cider you will want to add hot peppers, cayenne if you can find it or any other spicy pepper. Capsaicin, found in spicy peppers, helps circulation and serves as a decongestant and pain reliever.

A bonus, a study was done that indicated that chili peppers may actually help you live longer, too!

FRESH TURMERIC

Adding fresh turmeric and black peppercorn is a must in our fire cider. Turmeric helps control and reduce inflammation and pain in the body. I choose fresh over powdered because the powdered can create a chalky texture in the final product. Black peppercorn is recommended in addition to turmeric because it increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin.

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

RAW LOCAL HONEY

Local honey is added to the tonic after the apple cider vinegar has infused and been separated from the ingredients. Honey balances out the fiery, spicy taste of the fire cider. However, it also packs its own antibacterial and antiviral properties as well. 

HORSERADISH

Horseradish is a usually a staple in fire cider because of its ability to help fight sinus infections. It can also help with productive coughing to help mobilize any congestion or infection. However, because I am still breastfeeding my son, I omitted the use of horseradish in our fire cider this year.

CITRUS

I add citrus to our fire cider to enhance the immune boosting aspect of the fire cider. Citrus naturally contains vitamin c that works as an antiviral and antibiotic in our bodies.

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.


Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.
When should I take fire cider?

The best part, you don’t have to wait for your cold to surface before you start getting this goodness in to your body. You can use fire cider as a preventative and immune booster, especially this winter season.

However, your batch will take about 3-4 weeks to brew. So I suggest you start working on yours now!!
Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

You can also purchase fire cider if you don’t have time to make your own. I have seen this brand, Fire Cider at my local health food store. There are also homemade brands you can find on Etsy. So there’s no excuse as to why you aren’t enjoying some now.

One last thought, you can take your fire cider like a shot each morning. About 1 ounce or so a day. More if you feel a sickness coming on. If that’s too powerful for you, add your cider to salad dressing mixing it with equal parts olive oil. You can also make a savory tea out of it or add it to a sweet glass of lemonade.

Natural remedies for cold and flu. Natural ways to boost your immune system and naturally fight cold and flu this season. Fire cider recipe.

No matter how you enjoy it, I suggest giving it a go!

The recipe I used for our fire cider is below! Cheers!!

Immunity Boosting Fire Cider
I filled 2 64 ounce jars using this recipe. I choose to make 2, 1/2 gallon jars of fire cider because we use it frequently during the winter season.
Immunity Boosting Fire Cider
I filled 2 64 ounce jars using this recipe. I choose to make 2, 1/2 gallon jars of fire cider because we use it frequently during the winter season.
Servings
264 ounce jars
Servings
264 ounce jars
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
Prep
  1. Wash all produce
  2. Onions - Peel and cut onions in to medium sized chunks. Small enough that they will fit through the opening in the jar.
  3. Peppers - remove the stem and cut in to 1/2" rings. Do not remove the seeds.
  4. Garlic - Peel the garlic and remove the peel from each clove. This was the most time consuming for me. **Tip: to easily peel the clove, put the clove under the flat blade of a chopping knife and press down. This will remove the peel from the clove**
  5. Roots - Peel the ginger, turmeric, and horseradish root so that the thin outer skin is removed. Chop the roots in to 1/2" pieces. **FYI: the turmeric WILL stain your fingers and counters yellow.**
  6. Citrus - carefully cut just the citrus.
Combine
  1. Combine all of the produce ingredients in the jar as you chop them. After all of the ingredients are in the jar, add the apple cider vinegar. **Do not add the raw honey. This is for later when you serve the cider** You will want to make sure all of the ingredients are submerged in the apple cider vinegar. I use a glass weight to help keep the ingredients submerged.
  2. If your jar has a metal lid, put 2 layers of wax paper on top to keep the mixture from coming in contact with the metal and rusting.
  3. Store the jar in a dark place for 3-4 weeks. I am keeping mine in the pantry.
  4. Every few days check the batch, shake if needed, and make sure the ingredients are fully submerged. You don’t want to let the same ingredient to float on top for days because it can create mold.
  5. After 3-4 weeks of brewing time, strain the liquid from the solids using a fine metal strainer. It might take a couple strains. Strain the liquid in to a large glass bowl.
  6. Add the raw local honey to the liquid in the bowl, depending on your taste preference. You can add 1/4 cup to each 1/2 gallon jar or 1/2 cup of honey to each jar, depending on how sweet you would like your fire cider.
  7. Whisk the honey until it is blended well in to the liquid mixture. Pour the liquid in to a medium size jar or flip-top brewing bottles. Store the jar in the fridge. If the jar has a metal lid, use a piece of wax paper to keep rust from forming.
  8. Take one Tablespoon or 1 ounce shot of fire cider daily. If you have a cold or flu, take 1-2 Tablespoons twice or three times a day until symptoms subside. **Shake the bottle before each use**
  9. LEFT OVER VEGGIES::: You can save the pickled veggies for a stir fry or to put on top of a salad, if you would like.

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