Monday, August 16, 2010
Making Apple Cider Vinegar !
To make your own apple cider vinegar !
It will cost you nothing because all you use is apple cores and apple peels and of course water . All you need to do is put all your apple scraps in a jar cover with water,you can keep adding each day until you notice the contents of the jar starts to thicken after a few days and a grayish scum forms on top. When this happens, stop adding scraps and leave the jar for a month or so to ferment.
Put a piece of old stocking or something similar over the top . I have used a piece of old stocking and put an elastic band around to keep it firmly on! After about a month you can start taste-testing it. When it’s just strong enough for you, strain out the apple scraps and bottle the vinegar. Great to use to make pickle onions, salad dressings, relish or for cleaning ! Note:It’s ok if your vinegar is cloudy, there will be some sediment from the apples and what’s known as "the mother". It’s all good. If you don’t like the cloudiness though, straining it through a paper coffee filter will remove most of the sediment. I remember years ago my mum buying apple cider vinegar from a health food store I think it came from the U.S it was in a lovely big flagon style bottle and months later she noticed a cloudy looking shape in the bottle she thought it had gone off ,so she tipped it all out . Later she read that it's whats called "the mother" the best part ! oh well you learn new things all the time !