- First you need to eat some apples, this is the place to splurge and buy organic apples. Why? They consistently make the dirty dozen list, the list of 12 foods you really want to eat organic if you can. Apples have been found to have up to 40 different pesticides on them, on their skin and you want to use the skin to make vinegar. We buy our apples from Azure standard and have them shipped up to Alaska. The price is right, a 20 pound box usually runs around 21 dollars plus shipping. But if you live in the lower 48 Azure has truck routes and they will drop your order along the truck route FOR FREE. A really good deal and a super way to add at least the dirty dozen in organics to your diet.
- SO you need to eat about 5-10 apples. Saving the peels and the cores, letting them get brown is perfectly fine, so take a few days to eat them
- put the peels and the cores in big canning jar, mine were 2 quart jars fill with water to about 2 inches from the top, add a sprinkle of sugar and stir well, cover with a piece of cheesecloth and a rubber band
- let it set for about 2 weeks on the counter, stir every 2-3 days
- next you will need a wee bit of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar "with the mother". This means it has the mother culture in it and you want that to move your apple cider along to vinegar. I had a bottle and happily used it, then put the last dregs of vinegar with my apples to let it all ferment in there together. I added about a Tablespoon of vinegar total.
- after 3-4 days strain out the apples and pour all the liquid into a clean fresh jar, cover with a clean cloth and keep in a dark space for 4-6 weeks-check weekly and skim any scum from the top-it will start to smell vinegary too
- now about the time you strain an put away it's time to start thinking of the next batch, and so on and so forth--I kept a bit of the original Bragg's to start one more batch and then I'll use the mother that's culturing in my homemade vinegar to start future batches
Why make my own vinegar? I like to use it in cooking, I clean with it,I use it in my laundry to banish boy stink. Plus I can make it with my own home grown apples too. I also get a kick out of thinking I never have to buy vinegar again, I can totally make this!
Peace and Love--