I can remember the first time I told a farmer I was juicing, about 5 years ago. The look of disappointment on her face was unmistakable.
"What are you doing with all of that good fibre left over at the end?" she asked me.
Truthfully I was trying to save some of it for soups although quite a bit was going to waste as I really just wasn't being inventive enough. I told her so too. She was a bit relieved that I was at least thinking to make soup with some of it but still found the idea of juicing pointless and wasteful. I disagreed, I just needed to evolve with the idea.
Sooner than later, after that conversation, I began baking with, making soups with and drying my veggie and fruit fibres.
This brings me to the Fire Cider Recipe.
When I finally decided to make this strange concoction of supper-charged, immune boosting goodness, I put a call out on Facebook for all the various recipes that others were using. I've seen dozens of different recipes, each having it's own difference. I wanted to see if I could could gather as much of the options as I could. I got a great response and one friend Audrey, suggested keeping the fermented fibers and dehydrating them to add to various recipes for the future.
So I went on from where the end of the Fire Cider recipe left off. My Cider chilling in the fridge and my drained fibers spread out on the drying mats, ready for the dehydrator. (as depicted in the above collage)
The entire house smelled as if I had meat marinading for 40 people! It was strong! Just think: garlic, onions, ginger, lemon, oranges, hot peppers, herbs, horseradish and the rest, not to mention fermented!!! John is brave and went right up to the air vent for a quick whiff and if he'd had any sinus issues they ended right there! He teared up instantly and laughed at himself, then came and told me what he'd done. :)
After about 10 hours in our dehydrator they were ready to be ground and voila! A perfect spice! The smell is amazing! I'm thinking of all the different rubs, salad dressings, dips and sauces I can create with this as my base. The same friend that had suggested the dehydration has also decided to make homemade dehydrated cracker using some of this Fire Cider Spice. I can't wait to try out her recipe!
It's amazing what you can come up with! Waste not, want not!
Recipes are going to vary from meals to medicines. It's all about healing from the inside out because we truly are what we eat. What's the point? Well, gardening and foraging for your own foods, shopping local and no processed garbage or pharmaceuticals for what ails you? I think that's enough of point, don't you?
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