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How to Make Your Own Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
What You Need:
- Glass Mason or other type of glass quart size jar
- Water, 8 ounces
- Sugar, 1 Tablespoon
- Apple peels/cores
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- Fill your glass jar about ¾ full with your apple cores and peels (You don’t have to use the cores, but why not?)
- In a measuring cup, mix water with sugar in the given proportions until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour this sweet water over your apple scraps, there should be enough water to cover the apples completely. If you need more water, make another 8 ounces of water mixed with one tablespoon of sugar. Continue until the apple peelings are completely covered, but ensure that there is about an inch of room left at the top of the jar.
- Cover the glass jar tightly. Generally, it is a coffee filter that works well, or a piece of cotton fabric secured with a rubber band, as an option. You want to keep dust and bugs out but allow the mixture to breathe.
- Set in a dark and warm place (like a kitchen cupboard near the stove) for a fortnight.
- Give it a stir every now and again if you like, but it’s not really necessary.
- If you have any brownish or greyish scum form on the top, just skim it off with a spoon.
- After two weeks, strain into another jar.
- You can put the apple scraps into your compost pile or, as an option, feed them to your chickens, or whatever you like.
- Replace with a fresh cover and put back into that warm, dark location for another two weeks.
- Smell and taste your vinegar to be sure that it’s done. Usually, you can smell right away if it’s ready. If it’s not quite ready, put it back for another week. For most people, after 4 weeks, the mix is ready to be used.
Once finished, you can store your vinegar in the fridge in a container with a tight fitting lid. If your vinegar makes something that looks like a blob of jello, congrats! You have just made a “mother” for future vinegar batches! Just remove it and store it in a separate container. But most people simply wait until they are ready to make another batch and remove it then. It won’t hurt anything, so you needn’t worry about it.
By the way, you might want to think about experimenting with other fruit scraps. Peaches and pears work very well.
Use your homemade apple cider vinegar as you would a jar of store bought! Use it for cleaning, cooking, and many other purposes. Mixing about one quart of your raw apple cider vinegar to your bathwater turns it into a super detoxifying bath and using it as a hair rinse will give you soft shiny hair without those chemical conditioners.
To your health, friends!