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post #121 of 174

Well, I rely on the gloves. I bought a box from Costco to have on hand for first aid and messy jobs a few months back, and have not regretted it.
post #122 of 174
I always wash my hands in milk after handling peppers. It's seemed to work for me so far
post #123 of 174
I love this stuff! I just started it brewing on Saturday but I've already cracked into it a bit because I've been coming down with something. I can't wait until it's actually done! It's delicious!
post #124 of 174
Originally Posted by stilllearning85 View Post
I tried rubbing my hands with rubbing alcohol 3 times after I cut up the peppers and they still burned! So I dunno about the alcohol theory!
Sorry it's not working for you. It should??? The capsaicin in the peppers is alcohol soluble so it should work and always has for me???

post #125 of 174
Is there any reason you have to strain the mixture?

I made mine a month or two ago and never strained it
post #126 of 174
Originally Posted by amcal View Post
Is there any reason you have to strain the mixture?

I made mine a month or two ago and never strained it
I don't think I'm going to strain my current batch, actually. I don't think you have to strain it.
post #127 of 174
I strained mine last night (on the full moon) and started taking it today! WOWSER! It is HOT... maybe I shouldn't have included the seeds of the jalapeno and habanero? But it is doable with a shot of water afterward. My husband took some this morning cause he had a sore throat (bet that BURNED!) so hopefully it helps!
post #128 of 174
I just want to say that I have blasted sickness out of the water with this stuff!!! Master tonic is the best!!
post #129 of 174
Originally Posted by amcal View Post
Is there any reason you have to strain the mixture?

I made mine a month or two ago and never strained it
I strained mine and I believe it will keep indefinitely. I saved the strained chopped bits in the freezer for adding to soups and stuff to spice it up.

post #130 of 174
One of the how to make Master Tonic videos shows a guy straining a batch that had been sitting on the shelf for a year.

I added the strained veggies from my first batch to a crock of fermented cabbage and zucchini -- really added a nice kick.
post #131 of 174
I have been clicking from one thread to another via links and ended up here somehow.

I am VERY curious about this Master Tonic aka Fire Cider. I have a few questions, though...
~ I am/was allergic to ginger. I developed this allergy in my early 20s and was actively working my way out of my three allergies (ginger & cilantro for food; eucalyptus for environmental). My environmental sinus issues have DRAMATICALLY decreased. The cilantro allergy is pretty much gone, although I still do not care for it. At least it does not swell my tongue anymore! I am not exposed to ginger nearly as much, so I do not know how it affects me nowadays, and am wondering if I should just skip it altogether or perhaps start with a very small batch....

~ I normally do not like any spicy foods with flavors like most of the ingredients in this "tonic". I do love garlic-onion-Italian spicy, but never the hot-pepper-Mexican-spicy or ginger-Asian-spicy. In Ayurvedic terms, my constitution is uncommonly close to Vata-Kapha-Pitta being balanced, but my Pitta seems to be blocked or suppressed rather easily. In working with two Ayurveda practitioners over the years, the farthest I have gotten is taking turmeric with every meal without stomach irritation. Is this tonic really THAT good that I may benefit from it or might it be too strong for my system?

post #132 of 174
Popping in, I haven't read the whole thread yet.

I have used Fire Cider for the last 4 years, actually last year I didn't make any and that fall/winter/early spring were the sickest I've been in years.

There have been a couple occasions this fall where I was positive I was coming down with something and I dragged out The Cider and did a shot or two and never ended up getting sick.
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post #134 of 174
Maybe this has been discussed, but where do you find fresh horseradish? I haven't seen it since it grew wild in my backyard as a child.
post #135 of 174
I was able to ask the local upscale supermarket to order horseradish. The produce manager was happy to do so -- it was right before Cdn. Thanksgiving and he said that people would buy it to make homemade recipes.
post #136 of 174
after my fiasco of last time (it turned green-ish and I got frightened of trying it, just dumped all 3 jars) I've tried another batch today.... hope it turns well !

this time I tried not to leave much air in the jar+ maybe I should have put LESS of the ground up ingretients before adding vinegar so that the vinegar sure goes everywhere ...

question = how much space do you leave at the top of the jar for vinegar ?

decided anyway to have a salad for lunch every day with one raw clove of garlic in it, cut up as small as possible with just a knife.
post #137 of 174
so, I have started a batch...now what will it cure/prevent?
post #138 of 174
General immune system booster, as I understand it...

I took MT regularly (an ounce a day) throughout the fall flu season and was not sick.

Haven't taken it since the holidays, but my dh (who doesn't take MT ) has been sick for two weeks with a bad chest cold. I felt a sore throat coming on, which was the first sign of dh's illness, and took a dose of MT last night. Sore throat gone today, no other symptoms.

I am not usually this healthy!
post #139 of 174
also, can I top up the vinegar and add the horseradish root now after it being jarred for 3 days..
post #140 of 174
I did that with my first batch (added horseradish/vinegar later on). Turned out fine.
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