Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar

So this morning when I happened upon a pin with a beautiful picture of homemade apple cider vinegar, I knew I had to try it.

I love a good healthy apple cider vinegar.  I drink it daily, use it to make cheese, salad dressings (I need to give you a couple of recipes), and who knows what else.  I use vinegar in the laundry as well, just not the good stuff.

Sometimes I feel completely crazy with the amount of things I make from scratch in a day.  This is one of those things that I just have to DIY for a few reasons.  One being, it's cost effective.  You can literally use scraps from cutting up apples for the kids snacks.  Another, I have been blessed with land that has 15 apple trees, making it completely free.  Saving $5 here and there makes a difference.

I followed a pin to a blog at Fresh Eggs Daily.  They laid the directions out really well.

1) Cut up apples and put the skins, core, peel into a mason jar

2) Fill the jar with water

3) Put a napkin or a cloth over the jar

4) Let sit 2 weeks

5) Strain the pieces out, put vinegar back in the jar

6) Let sit for another 4 weeks

7) Done!

A couple of notes:

Some recipes call for sugar or honey.  They say it's optional, so I left it out.  The good Bragg's brand doesn't list it on the ingredients.

You can add some already made vinegar to speed it up.  I couldn't find an amount, so I started my first batch without it.  I am hoping subsequent batches I'll have enough left to start a new one.

I started mine today.  So it will be another 6 weeks before I can give any more detail, so check back with me.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,  James 1:17

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