On my windowsill above the sink sit jars of Fire Cider and herb flavored vinegar. Now is the time to start these if you want them ready for gift giving during December. Use Fire Cider daily to kick-start your day. A teaspoon – tablespoon should do the trick. It may also be used to help your body fight common colds. One sip will heat your insides! Herbal vinegar is a fun ingredient for salad dressings or marinades. Let your creative mind play with what herbs to use.
The Dragonfly Fire Cider was made at an herbal class in which everyone brought ingredients which were chopped, diced, grated, and placed in canning jars. The jars were then filled with raw apple cider vinegar. I recommend using organic nutrients to ensure the best nutrients for your cider. Each day I will shake the Fire Cider for three to four weeks. After that time I will strain off the liquid and add honey to taste.
DRAGONFLY FIRE CIDER RECIPE
5 Cloves chopped Garlic
1/4 Cup Grated Ginger
1/4 Cup Grated Horseradish
1 Small Onion Chopped
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Orange Chopped (with Rind)
1 tsp Turmeric
For the vinegar, place your cleaned, fresh, organic herb in a pint or quart sized jar and cover with apple cider vinegar. How simple is this? Why would anyone purchase flavored vinegars at a store when you can make your own?
Placing your Fire Cider and vinegar jars strategically will help you remember to shake them every day. Seriously, this is the only “hard” thing – remembering to shake your jars! After four weeks, you can strain your creations into lovely gift vessels. My cupboard holds some tinctures of Echinacea and Valerian which were made in a similar fashion using 100 proof alcohol. Let your creative side out and enjoy the health benefits!!
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