Sure enough, this morning, I just "felt" it was ready. It had been busy and bubbling, enticing me to open the crock with its sparkling energy. I think I was right. The 25 days or so seemed to be enough. Here is a shot of it before I drained and bottled it. You can see the vegetables and spices are soft and fully integrated into the liquid. Here is how I bottled it:
Fire cider is purported to solve seasonal allergies and ward off viruses [flu!!] and harmful bacteria. Also, taken before meals, it stabilizes blood sugar and helps with digestion.
I took my dose straight, but most folks add something. The cursory research I performed yielded these potential mixers: a spoonful of honey, orange juice, bone broth [hmm -- like a hot and sour soup, I guess?], kombucha, seltzer water and vodka [! now we're talkin'].
Remember, friends, this fire cider is adapted from an ancient home remedy. Though it holds the wisdom of countless old wives, use it sparingly, medicinally, lest you singe your innards. If it's a vodka fire cider tonic you choose, let it be your one and only. I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. To your health!