I had posted a quick blurb on our Instagram page about fire cider. So many people have asked what it is exactly and how to use it, so I figured a blog post about it was in order! It is a folk remedy that has been around for ages. It's akin to saying "stew." There are dozens of ways to make it, and none of them are wrong. It is all up to personal preference. The main ingredients are honey, apple cider vinegar, and garlic. Fire cider is simple to make, but takes a few weeks before it is ready.
The simplest recipe is to fill a jar half way with garlic cloves - skin and all. Then press the cloves so that they break open. It doesn't have to be perfectly mashed or minced. Then, fill the jar halfway up with honey, and fill the other half with apple cider vinegar. Shake it so it mixes well. Then store with the lid cracked for at least six weeks in a cool, dark room. If the lid is metal, make sure that there is wax paper separating the lid from the jar. This prevents the vinegar from corroding the metal, and destroying your cider.
Once the minimum six weeks has past, remove the wax paper, tighten the lid down, and keep the jar in the fridge. It should keep for about a year. When illness comes around, take a tablespoon-full of it once a day to help feel better. Some folks use it as a marinade or salad dressing. It is tangy and sweet, so taking it straight is no problem for me. If you wish to play with the recipe and add other things, feel free! From peppers and onions to ginger and horseradish, the possibilities for a unique fire cider are endless!