Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that gin soaked raisins don’t sound very tasty and, well, they aren’t. But, there’s an old folk remedy adage that says eating 9 (yes, exactly nine) gin soaked raisins a day will relieve arthritis pain. At the very least, it seems to me that, after eating nine gin soaked raisins, one no longer cares about aching fingers…but, that’s just me (did I mention that I ate the raisins as a garnish for a gin martini? Kidding, just kidding – sorta…)
When I was my Mom’s caregiver, I found this folk remedy and mixed up a batch of gin soaked raisins. It’s incredibly easy to do.
Mom, at first, balked at eating this natural remedy for arthritis, but, after a few days, she realized that gin soaked raisins were pretty good. She also related that her arthritis pain seemed to be just a bit better. So, they seemed to work for her. And then….I caught her drinking the “juice” (the gin). Aha! Mystery solved. I’m not sure if the gin soaked raisins were the cure or if the extra gin in her system just seemed to make her not care about the pain any longer.
Whatever the reason, gin soaked raisins might be something to try if you’re caught up with pain from arthritis. Come along and see how easy it is to make this homemade remedy.
Books About Arthritis and Cures
I don’t personally believe that a cure for arthritis has been found. We explored all kinds of options for Mom’s arthritis, including shots. Nothing seemed to work for long. At least the gin soaked raisins kept her happier and a bit more pain free.
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Gin Soaked Raisin Recipe
I old you gin soaked raisins were easy to make!
- 1 box of Golden raisins
- 1 bottle of good quality gin
- A plastic or glass container with lid
- Stop laughing….
- Add a cup of golden raisins to a freshly washed plastic container. You can use metal but, in my experience, they taste better in plastic (metal seems to give them a – duh – metallic flavor…). And, don’t think that regular dark raisins will work. For some reason, they have to be GOLDEN RAISINS.
- Add just enough gin to cover them. I actually added about 1/2″ more as I knew I’d like the juice.
- Let these sit at least 10 days to fully soak up the gin. The golden raisins should plump up nicely
- Eat exactly nine (not eight, not ten) gin soaked raisins once a day. Give it 10 days or so before you judge whether your arthritis pain is better.
Good Containers To Use For Your Gin Soaked Raisins
Any smallish glass bowl will work as a container for your gin soaked raisins; just make sure the bowl has a tightly fitting lid. I stored my gin soaked raisins right in the cupboard, figuring out that nothing will live in gin. So far so good. But, you might want to keep yours in the refrigerator, just in case.
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Since these raisins are, supposedly, for the elderly, I suggest using a plain, round, plastic container topped with one of these silicone lids shown below. The lids adhere beautifully to any round container and have the added benefit of being incredibly easy to use, especially if arthritic hands are an issue. Just lift up any edge, and it will come right off yet remains spill proof when stuck to the container.
I love these in my own kitchen for about everything. These silicone lids will go on a pot on the stove, in the oven, in the fridge – you get the idea – they’re incredibly versatile! I use them almost every day to keep bacon from splattering on the stove.
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