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#121 of 174 Old 10-24-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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Ouch!

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.
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I always wash my hands in milk after handling peppers. It's seemed to work for me so far

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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!

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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???

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Is there any reason you have to strain the mixture?

I made mine a month or two ago and never strained it
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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.
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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!
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I just want to say that I have blasted sickness out of the water with this stuff!!! Master tonic is the best!!
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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.


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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.
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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?

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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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bumping.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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so, I have started a batch...now what will it cure/prevent?
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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!
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also, can I top up the vinegar and add the horseradish root now after it being jarred for 3 days..
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I did that with my first batch (added horseradish/vinegar later on). Turned out fine.
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My understanding is that we shouldn't add ingredients after the ferment starts.


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Start your Master Tonic on the New Moon:

New Moon for September, 2010
  • September 8, 10:30
New Moon for October, 2010
  • October 7, 18:44
New Moon for November, 2010
  • November 6, 04:52
New Moon for December, 2010
  • December 5, 17:36

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Ooh, thanks! I am going to leave out the turmeric that I used last year, it was the difference between my actually enjoying it or not. Bummer, but I guess I could eat a lot of curry instead, :
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Fab Pat, I just noticed yesterday that they had turmeric roots at the co-op and wondered when would be a good time to make master tonic.

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wish I had seen the new moon dates beforehand ....
did mine yesterday, on August 31st !
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I still have a couple jars from last year -- been craving the stuff since I came down with this cold a couple days ago.

Time to plan another batch, I guess!
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Made a batch about an hour ago. Now it is fermenting. I was just too sick and tired last night to make it on the new moon.

Question: I used a half gallon jar but only had enough ingredients to fill it between 1/2 and 2/3 full. I filled the rest with vinegar. Will this still work or will it be too diluted?
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I made some yesterday. Next time I will be using the pre-peeled garlic! Jeez, that took forever!
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Made a batch about an hour ago. Now it is fermenting. I was just too sick and tired last night to make it on the new moon.

Question: I used a half gallon jar but only had enough ingredients to fill it between 1/2 and 2/3 full. I filled the rest with vinegar. Will this still work or will it be too diluted?
I think it will probably be ok. I don't think I packed my jar completely full. You might be able to let it ferment a little longer
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I made some yesterday. Next time I will be using the pre-peeled garlic! Jeez, that took forever!
No need to peel or wash anything. Just toss it all in the food processor whole. There are actually beneficial bacteria and yeasts on the outside that you want in your tonic.

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