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Make fire cider - PEP BB medicine.sand.vinegar.fire

BB natural medicine - sand badge
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.


(image from Mountain Rose Herbs)


For this badge bit, you will create Fire Cider

Required:
  - Make at least one pint (450ml) of fire cider, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.

Here are some links to guide you in researching and creating your Fire Cider:
  Craft Your Own Fire Cider! - Mountain Rose Herbs
  Traditional Fire Cider - Bastyr University
  Stoke Your Immune System with Fire Ciders - Bastyr University
  Original Fire Cider Recipe and Controversy - A Life Well Planted
  THE HORSERADISH PLANT: HARVESTING, PROCESSING & USES - THE HERBAL ACADEMY  
  Horseradish - The California School of Herbal Studies  
  How to make Herbal Tinctures Using Vinegar - The Spruce Eats
  HERBAL VINEGARS - THE HERBAL ACADEMY  

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
 - a picture of your ingredients being harvested (this should be more than half the ingredients)
 - a picture of the ingredients you bought from the store (note, only buy the ingredients that do not grow local to your areas - buying vinegar is fine)
 - a picture of your ingredients in vinegar
 - a picture of your completed fire cider in a labelled container
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Approved BB submission
I made fire cider the other day!  It's a bit hard to harvest many of the ingredients in Wisconsin but I think I did pretty good.  My journal is in a Word-like software program so I'll just copy/paste that section in here for that requirement:

Fire Cider:
1 med onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
3-4T grated ginger root
3-4T grated horseradish
Apple cider vinegar

Combine solid ingredients in a quart mason jar.  Fill jar with ACV.  Place in warm spot (coat closet) and sit for 2-3 weeks.  Strain and add honey and cayenne to taste if desired.  Take 1T 5x daily at first sign of cold.



I harvested the onion, garlic and horseradish from our garden.  I harvested one tiny ginger from my greenhouse and got the rest from the store.  Vinegar came from the store to ensure the right amount of acidity (maybe that's just a canning concern?)
Harvesting-horseradish.jpg
Harvesting horseradish
Harvesting horseradish
Ginger-plant-(bottom-center-in-the-leaf-mulch).jpg
Ginger plant (bottom center in the leaf mulch)
Ginger plant (bottom center in the leaf mulch)
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Ginger tuber with two worms!
Ginger tuber with two worms!
Garlic-bulbils-on-upper-right-from-garden-ginger-from-greenhouse-bottom-center-storebought-on-bottom-right.jpg
Garlic bulbils on upper right from garden, ginger from greenhouse bottom center, storebought on bottom right
Garlic bulbils on upper right from garden, ginger from greenhouse bottom center, storebought on bottom right
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Ready to infuse
Ready to infuse
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Filtered and ready to store
Filtered and ready to store
Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete. Might I suggest a hard copy journal or at least a digital backup.

 
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Thanks Mike!  I do back up my computer to a separate hard drive.
 
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I started my Fire Cider. But then I found that the requirements for the BB say that more than half of the ingredients have to be grown yourself...
That will mean I'll have to grow onions and garlic in my garden next year (which I didn't grow because they are easy to get and not expensive when you buy them here). And try again to grow a ginger plant (in the window sill). This time only the horseradish I had grown myself.
Anyway this is encouraging! For growing more variety in my garden and for making interesting Journal pages.

 
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Here is my submission for the Natural Medicine Aspect - Sand for Straw - Make Fire Cider BB.  

I planted, grew, and harvested onions and garlic at my sister's house this year.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - a picture of your ingredients being harvested
 - a picture of the ingredients you bought from the store
 - a picture of your ingredients in vinegar
 - a picture of your completed fire cider in a labeled container

Recipe:
  • organic honey
  • organic champagne vinegar
  • harvested red onion
  • harvested garlic
  • ground pepper
  • powdered tumeric
  • powered caynene
  • diced lemon peel


  • 1.JPG
    harvesting garlic
    harvesting garlic
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    garlic and onion
    garlic and onion
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    purchased ingredients
    purchased ingredients
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    dicing
    dicing
    5.JPG
    soaking - macerating - 1/2 gallon jar
    soaking - macerating - 1/2 gallon jar
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    finished (filtered) in a quart jar
    finished (filtered) in a quart jar
     
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