How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar has many health benefits but can be hard to find (not to mention expensive) locally. So, I like to make my own at home for almost no cost. I use the leftover cores and pieces from making pies and slicing apples for the kids. I also use the leftover pulp from making homemade apple cider. Apple cider vinegar made fresh at home tastes wonderful and is good for you.
Supplies for Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar
large sweet Apples (I use cores, skins, and other leftovers after making apple pie)
1 glass gallon jar
1 canning lid
Place the apple pieces into a glass gallon jar. Nice fermenting jars can be found for sale in many areas, like the one found here. Fill the jar about 3/4 full with apple pieces. Pour the cooled boiled water over the apples until they are completely covered.
Store the apple water mixture in a warm, dark place for around 2 weeks. Check the apple mixture at least every couple days after that. If it has bubbles forming, strain out the apples and put the apple cider vinegar-to-be back into the jar. Cover it with a piece of cloth (I use a cut t-shirt as I usually have that on hand).
Allow the vinegar to sit until it reaches the proper fermentation to your taste. Simply take a taste once a week until it is as you like it. Once it is, filter the apple cider vinegar through several layers of fine cheesecloth to remove the mother. This will prevent further fermentation. At this point, cover it with a regular lid so that it doesn’t evaporate and store it in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage. Or you could pasteurize it.
How to pasteurize apple cider vinegar
To pasteurize the vinegar, heat it until it reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but not more than 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a cooking thermometer to ensure the temperature is correct.
Cool the vinegar and store at room temperature indefinitely.
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used in many food dishes from pork chops to salads. Use it to make freezer pickles or refrigerator pickles for a tasty treat.
Create a hair rinse with cider vinegar to remove hair care products and to soften hair. It leaves the hair feeling shiny and nice. The scent of the vinegar is gone by the time the hair dries.
Use apple cider vinegar as a remedy for quick heartburn relief. Take a teaspoon when the heartburn starts and within a few minutes it is gone.
The uses are numerous.
*note: Find apples for sale close to you at farmers markets by looking here: LocalHavest.org