When the weather turns cooler some of us start to become a bit more concerned about keeping colds and other winter ailments away. Some folks make elderberry syrups and I would if I had an elderberry bush… But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. Such as Fire Cider.
People use fire cider to help invigorate their immune system. Some tout it’s use to fight colds and flu, easing sinuses and more. I made my first ever fire cider this year and it turned out pretty well.
The first ingredient is horseradish. I actually went to three stores trying to find some without any luck. At WM, there was a lady working the produce section so I asked her if I’d missed the horseradish as I didn’t see any. She replied “No, we have it.” and walked me over to the end of the produce section and proudly pointed at the organic radishes. LOL. “No, not radishes.” I said, “I’m looking for horseradish.” She was bewildered………. ….
So, I did what anyone would do and hit the condiment aisle where I found minced horseradish in a jar. That’ll have to do. HOWEVER, I was in Sprouts over the weekend, a store I rarely go into (because they’re traditionally higher priced) and there was horseradish, lots of it. At least now I know where to find it next time!
Being me…. I failed to photograph putting the initial mixture together BUT here’s the end result!
The mixture at the end of aging.
My setup for straining. You have to hold the camera with one hand… so I set up a method to hold the strainer while I poured with one hand and photographed with the other. Notice the vintage melmac bowl? It’s a favorite.
Straining…. You’ll note that I did not mince everything… my bad. It still worked but you’ll get better results if you mince or grate your ingredients. Oh…. if only I had a Vitamix!
And straining some more. You can see why I needed the melmac bowl underneath. It’s hard to do one handed!
It took a while to get all that goodness out. You can let the mixture strain for a while to make certain you get all the vital goodness out.
I then added ‘plenty’ of honey to the mixture. (I don’t care for sour at all! You should see me try to eat a pickle…)
and then shake until the honey is fully dissolved.
Once it’s all dissolved you can store in your refrigerator for up to a year. Be sure to give it a good shake before taking a spoonful.
Here’s to good health and here’s the printable recipe.