It is time. Last year I missed this time and it was too late. But right now you have time to mix up some fire cider, let it sit/brew/ferment whatever you want to call it so that when the flu starts hitting you have it.
This stuff is amazing!!
First you need to know that there are tons of recipes out there but you need to make yours YOUR way. A couple reasons for this : ingredients might be hard to find, you might not like a certain thing at all, or you may want to add some things.
I happen to have fresh rosemary and jalapeños from my garden, so I used those and did not buy a habanero – or any other pepper. I hope to grow my own garlic this year so I do not have to buy that either! What I did buy, in this case, I bought organic. I felt that since we are relying on this to fight off bugs and viruses I wanted to use the best ingredients.
This video is by the lady that started Fire Cider in the 80’s and I love it because as she adds ingredients she explains what that ingredient is doing for you and your body!
Once you mix everything you want in you jar and add your vinegar, you need to let it sit on the counter about 4 weeks. I try to mix it up daily. After that I will strain everything out and put it in glass jars in the refrigerator. This stuff is good for up to a year!
My next concoction that I have made is a fermented garlic in honey! Oh my goodness it smells amazing!! I cannot wait to try it as soon as I finish this whole30!!
Here it is after about a week – you can see the garlic is softening and changing as the honey gets into it!
The honey was thick but is now very thin and runny as well.
This is a new jar with more garlic. – you can see the garlic is still very whole (even though I smashed it) but it has not let the honey really seep in yet.
Here are all my current fermentations. I have 2 jars of honey and garlic. I have 2 half gallon jars of my Fire Cider. A 1/2 gallon of kombucha in a second ferment and there is a gallon jar missing with my current kombucha.
This is a real medicine corner!! With no scary side effects!!