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How to Make Fire Cider at Home


Can you take the heat? This spicy elixir is thought to aid in preventing and alleviating cold and flu symptoms. Strong spices will clear your sinuses, apple cider vinegar will soothe an uneasy tummy and the turmeric will ease achy joints and pains. Take 1oz of fire cider a day when feeling under the weather. You can dilute with water, lemon and honey or take it as a shot.

How to Make Fire Cider at Home

Recipe by Kelsey ByeCourse: Fermented TonicCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Fire cider is an herbal tonic said to increase immunity, help with digestion and warm you up on a cold day. This recipe calls for measuring in grams, which requires a kitchen scale. Don't have one? This is the Escali Digital Food Scale that I use now. I love it!


  • 150 grams white onion, chopped

  • 70 grams garlic, fresh and crushed

  • 70 grams jalapeno, sliced

  • 70 grams lemon, sliced

  • 50 grams ginger root, chopped

  • 25 grams turmeric root, chopped

  • 10 grams horseradish

  • 5 grams rosemary, fresh

  • 5 grams sea salt

  • Raw vinegar


  • Wash and sanitize fermentation equipment (a splash of cheap vodka will do the trick).
  • Set your scale on a flat surface and set it to weigh in grams. 
  • Wash and cut your ingredients. Measure out all your ingredients and add the designated amounts of ingredients to mason jar. Squish everything down into the jar to compact ingredients. Top off the jar with raw apple cider vinegar.
  • Place your mason jar lid on the jar, and secure tightly. Shake the jar for 2 minutes to combine the ingredients.
  • Leave mason jar at room temperature for 24 hours. After 24 hours, move to the refrigerator. Leave in refrigerator for four weeks to "slow ferment."
  • After four weeks, strain off the liquid through a cheesecloth into a clean jar.
  • To use, combine 2 Tablespoons of the Fire Cider liquid with 1 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy!


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  1. Will my dishwasher sanitize my jar to make Fire Cider?

    • Some dishwashers have a “sanitizing” mode. You may choose to wash your jar using this setting. Leave the jar undisturbed in the warm dishwasher until it is ready for use. However, to be on the extra safe side (no one likes wasting food), you used still swirl some sanitizing solution or even just some cheap vodka in your jar before beginning your fermentation process. Happy fermenting!

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