How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, cooly referred to as ACV, is beyond wonderful. Not only is it a flavorful addition to recipes, the likes of beans, salads and sauces, but it has medicinal qualities so respected that some folks simply ingest it by the spoonful to make sure not to miss a daily dose. And, that’s not even getting into the household uses and hacks that ACV can make a reality. It’s good stuff. It’s powerful stuff. It’s something we should all have in the cabinet.
However, like many products in the modern market, sometimes store-bought apple cider vinegars come with artificial flavoring and/or chemicals. The majority of them have been pasteurized, which destroys much of the goodness we are after. To put it simply, the super boosting benefits from apple cider vinegar comes from the raw, organic stuff.
Apples & Beyond
Amazingly, DIY organic apple cider vinegar only takes three ingredients: organic apples (obviously), raw organic sugar, and filtered water. Some people like to experiment with different varieties of apples, combining different proportions of sweet, sharp, and bitter. This isn’t a bad idea for tweaking the taste, but it’s not necessary for making the vinegar itself.
The list of materials is as short as the edible components, including only a wide mouth gallon jar (or a couple of old, large pickle jars), some type of breathable cloth that will let air circulate while preventing insects from getting into the jar and a rubber band to secure the cloth onto the jar. Otherwise, it’s a mixing spoon, a knife, cutting board, and other things found in just about any kitchen.
The Hard Part
Essential creating raw organic apple cider vinegar comes from an extended fermentation process. The first step is to cut up apples into cubes about an inch across (better to be slightly bigger than smaller). Fill up the jar about halfway, or a tad more then submerged them in water. Finally stir in about a cup of sugar per gallon of mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Cover the jar with the cloth and fasten that down with a rubber band.
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