haha I’m wondering if the bottle I had before was just older and didn’t get shaken every time someone used it, so things settled differently. I don’t know but this one definitely has more bite!
Thanks - I do, too! It’s one thing that inspires a lot of my learning. Here lately, I don’t have a structured study system, I guess? I get randomly inspired and then jump down a rabbit hole. Now, I have a lot of random information about random things in my brain
I will definitely let you know! I’m getting the ingredients to make it this weekend!
So here is my question, most of the commercial fire cider you see is the color of what is in the top level of the jar (that beautiful dark amber color), am I supposed to separate that from what is still in the bottom? I tried straining it again (actually a couple of times and I’m using cheesecloth) but it still settles all that light brown in the bottom. And when I shake it up it looks like this:
We all did a taste test (4 adults and a teen, who have all had commercial fire cider, I actually “make” them take it LOL) and here are our thoughts on the recipe I used:
going to actually cut back on the pepper quantity just a bit, it is supposed to be spicy but it is a bit too spicy, it is supposed to warm you not burn.
cutting back on the garlic quantity, it is actually overwhelming and should not be, just too garlicy if you know what I mean.
It was warming and the warming was pleasant but none of us are used to doing a daily ACV thing so I’m sure you have to get used to the ACV sour punch, think we might do this in a veggie juice and build up to straight.
I bought a gallon container of ACV with the mother and had a quart left over, thinking I will split this leftover across the 4 quarts of strained FC and “thin it” out for this batch, will do one quart and taste test again before I add it to the other 3.
This is def a learning process and commercially produced FC, they got it down for sure but this was fun.
My batch isn’t quite ready yet, but I can see the residue in it- I imagine you also used dried/powdered herbs and spices in your batch too, yes? It’s the same when I make homemade broth- the fresh herbs strain right out, but any dried herbs and spices will remain no matter what you strain through.
The dried herbal matter is perfectly fine to use taste and property-wise, but it does leave the sediment. If you’d like a batch without sediment for looks, then I’d recommend using only fresh and whole herbs and spices- that should cut back a lot of the sediment!
It sounds like you learned a lot with your first batch, Suzanne! I’m glad you had fun with it- I’m sure every future batch will continue to improve until you have a recipe that is ideal for you! Good luck and happy crafting with your cider- please keep us updated about future batches!
That is one beautiful batch of fire cider! I love the pouring jar you have too- that is a perfect vessel for the cider
The paper coffee filters work great to filter out the fines, just wash the filter out really well or the next few morning coffees are going to taste STRANGE I have a few old melita’s I use for things like this
I’ve always wanted to open a witchy cafe! It’s a lot of work - and a lot of money I don’t have - but I think it would be amazing! I can think of a few different ways to mask the taste of fire cider in coffee… though if you include milk, you’d have to change the fire cider from a vinegar base to something else, because the vinegar would make it go rancid… I’m sure I could think of something! If I do, I’ll let you all know lol
You and me both! I could just imagine spending all day there with my laptop, working in a magical ambiance with a coffee on refill!
Hmm… I think you could get away with a base of some sort of oil, especially if the coffee gets blended together with it before adding any other ingredients. I used to add coconut oil to my coffee back when I was eating a keto diet. It was pretty tasty, and when blended, it got frothy! I think if it were blended like that, in such a small quantity per drink, it would hardly be noticeable!