Apple Cider Vinegar

This post is a continuation from apple picking (click here).  That's right, snow's starting to fly and I'm still chatting about apple picking.

Way back after I had made oodles of goodies from said apples, I looked at the pile of peels and cores and couldn't toss them.  I was planning on giving them to the rabbit and chickens, but I decided to do something else.  Apple cider vinegar.  And I didn't tell you because I wasn't sure it was going to work.

It totally worked.





Seriously, this is likely the easiest thing I made ever.  I know I always say that about making yogurt, but this is even easier than making yogurt.

Apple Cider Vinegar

1) Toss cores and peels into large glass jar.
2) Fill jar with water.
3) Cover with cloth and rubber band.
4) Store in dark place (our pantry) for a few weeks (I did almost two months).
5) Drain, strain and store.

After a few weeks, you can smell it.  I dare say that I loved smelling the fermenting apples everytime I opened the pantry door.  They started looking like this:

But of course, ended looking like this:
I ended up with a gallon.  It tastes oh so good.  And it was free.  And it's good for you. A marvelous combination of pluses, if you ask me.  I like yummy and free, and good for you is a bonus.  It's a little different from the store, because there's this thing called the 'mother' that is a glob of stuff that is totally normal, but store apple cider vinegar doesn't have that 'mother' because it's pasteurized.  Oodles of info on that online, just google.

What to do with it?
We'll mostly do salad dressings-we're getting back to making all our own again.  I might try to clean with it.  I clean with white vinegar that I buy, but I'd totally switch to free that I make if it works.  Also, my friend told me adding a small amount to rabbits' water helps their urine smell less potent.  Might try that.

Now your turn-tell me if you've given it a try before.  Or tell me if you think you'll use your scraps next apple season to give it a whirl.

5 comments:

  1. I wanna do this! I actually have a chocolate cake recipe that uses a touch of apple cider vinegar. It's the best chocolate cake I've ever eaten. Thanks for the lesson!

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  2. Questions-What if you don't have all of your apples cored and peeled at the same time? Can you accumulate them and store them in the freezer until you're ready to make the vinegar? Also, do you know about how much you put in the jars before adding the water?

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  3. You should totally should try it! So easy! I just filled the jars 2/3 full with apples and then with water. I bet you could do the freeze and then make later method or just have a jar where you continuously add the peelings and cores. It might take longer to be a vinegar that way, but it's the same idea. Whatever you add will eventually turn into vinegar, it just might take longer.

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  4. That is so awesome! I buy mine at the local health food store and it is really pricey (I put it in the chickens' water). I'd love to make my own!

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  5. It worked; that's awesome! Don't you love it when things you read about really do work?

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