How to make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scratch
Apple Cider Vinegar
Making your own apple cider vinegar at home can be a really rewarding achievement. One, it is not that hard to do and two, you can brag to your friends about you new culinary achievement! Vinegar is a product that you can use in preparing many meals and has great health benefits as will.
Making your own homemade apple cider vinegar can be done at any time; but the autumn season is a time when apples are abundant everywhere and you will have a greater supply to choose from. It is also the time when many women begin to can their fruits and vegetables.
You can generally use any type of apples for the project; but certain types of apples will produce a finer end product. If you want to go a healthier route, consider using organic apples or, soak in 11.5 alkaline water, to remove and pesticide residue or wax.
If you prefer your apple cider vinegar strong, use a variety of sweeter apples to achieve this outcome. I suggest, apples that are sweeter such as red gold, delicious, fuji, and honeycrisp.
The reason for using sweeter apples is, sugar is the catalos for fermentation and it helps improve the process.
You will need:
- brewer's yeast
Wash and cut up the apples into small pieces, then mash and strain them through the cheese cloth. Use enough apples to make about 2 gallons of juice.
Dissolve 1 yeast cake into a quart of water. Pour the mixture into the apple juice, leaving room for fermentation gases. Seal the container. Keep cider mix at room temperature about 65 to 80 degrees, for 4 weeks.
Stir the apple cider vinegar as needed until you get the taste you want. Store for to 4 four week, longer for a stronger vinegar. Do not strain out the mother (settlement on the bottom). This is a powerful part of the vinegar especially when using for health purposes, like lowering high blood pressure or weight loss.
It is not really necessary to do anything else to the apple cider vinegar, but if you desire to pasteurize the juice, heat it on the stove to about 150 degrees and cool and store in glass containers.