Updated: Jan 5
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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
2L mason jars with lid
Method to make vinegar:
Cut apples into chunks, using either fresh or apples that are too soft to eat, but ensure there is no mold! You can use the whole apple- including the core. When we know we are going to make another batch of vinegar we gather our leftover apple bits/cores in a jar with water, this keeps them moist until we are ready to ferment them.
Pre-rinse and clean a mason jar and then add the chopped chunks of apples into the jar.
Fill the mason jar of apple chunks with fresh water. I like to use spring water or water that I let sit on my counter uncovered over night to let the chlorine evaporate.
Seal the jar and store it in a place with consistent temperature, away from direct sunlight. We put it on a low shelf in the main room, or when our kitchen gets hot in the summer we put it in the lowest cupboard close to the cold tiles.
Fermentation period takes 1-2 months at least. You will notice bubbling after about 2 weeks. If you notice a lot of bubbles, or air expansion in the lid, burp the bottle to allow for some gas to escape (this will prevent the jar from exploding!)
When the vinegar is ready:
Drain the finished vinegar into another fresh jar for storage. Store out of direct sunlight. You can also store it in the fridge if you like it cold for salad dressings.
Decide if you are finished with the apples. If they no longer have any colour and not much of a solid consistency, discard into the compost.
If they still have colour, fill the jar back up with fresh water, perhaps add some new fresh apple pieces/cores and seal again for another fermentation.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar:
Efficient process to use up excess apples, say after apple picking season, or to gain use out of your leftover pieces and cores.
Healthy source of bacteria and enzymes (probiotics) made within your own home. Apple cider vinegar is a prized health food for its ability to reset stomach acids, gut flora and boost immunity.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" - apple cider vinegar is a concentrated form of nutrients from apples.
Abundance of flavour to add to salad dressings, sauces and meal concoctions.
A secret ingredient to add to homemade foods & products to increase shelf-life and help them preserve longer.
Thanks for reading and hope you give it a try,
Samantha & Brian