Happy New Year everyone! We hope 2017 is full of health & happiness for you all. On a personal note, we're both feeling really excited for the year ahead. New plans, ventures & ideas are making us feel inspired and ready for this new cycle. This hopefully means even more creativity in the kitchen & the garden!
We've loved experimenting with herbal recipes during the past few months. I'm talking herbal oils, honeys, vinegars & infusions...there's so many delicious possibilities. This fire cider vinegar is well-known in the herbal community, and it's a wonderful remedy for all the viruses & colds that are circulating at the moment. Full of immune boosting & anti-microbial properties from the apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion & turmeric, a tablespoon of this mixed with raw honey is an amazing way to fight off illness. It's also a delicious addition to soups, stews & dressings.
The key to the this recipe is chopping everything up as finely as possible. The apple cider vinegar will slowly draw out all the healing properties from your ingredients & herbs - leaving you with a potent, medicinal vinegar at the end of the process. Feel free to adapt the ingredients to suit your taste buds!
Fire Cider (Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar)
1 medium sized glass jar
1 onion, chopped finely
3 garlic cloves, chopped finely
4 tablespoons of grated ginger
1 tablespoon of grated turmeric root (or 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder)
A small handful of rosemary
A small handful of thyme
4 whole peppercorns
Raw apple cider vinegar (with mother), to fill the jar
optional extras - a small chilli for extra spice, horseradish, orange peel, parsley etc
1. Fill a sterilised jar with all your ingredients and add enough apple cider vinegar to cover.
2. If your jar has a metal lid, place a square of baking paper between the jar/lid. This will protect the metal from being eroded by the strong vinegar.
3. Place on a windowsill or a warm spot and let it sit for around 3-4 weeks. We shake our mixture every now and then, & check how the smell develops over time.
4. Before it's ready to use, you'll need to strain the vinegar and discard the herbs (hopefully onto a compost bin!)
5. Enjoy, heal & store your vinegar in a cupboard (where it should last for a long time)