How to Make Grape Vinegar
Spice up your recipes with grape vinegar. The strength of the vinegar, which is made by converting sugars to alcohol, depends on the amount of sugar you use. Fruit juice can provide the amount of sugar necessary for the fermentation process. However, preservatives can affect the quality and taste of your vinegar, so choose pure juice or make it yourself by using fresh grapes. Use your homemade vinegar to make salad dressing or for pickling recipes.
What You Need to Get Started
· Grapes or 8 cups pure grape juice
· Nonmetallic mixing bowl and spoon
· 8 cups unfiltered apple cider vinegar
· Nonmetallic funnel
· Gallon glass jug with an air seal
· Glass bottles
Use your juicer to juice your grapes until you have 8 cups or 1/2 gallon juice.
Pour the juice into a non-metallic bowl, and add the vinegar to the bowl. The vinegar contains the cultures you will need to convert your grape juice into vinegar.
Place the jug in a dark location with a temperature maintained between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Five Types of Vinegar and Their Uses
Vinegar enhances the flavor of recipes and has long been used as a food preservative in the kitchen. Vinegar is also used as a condiment or seasoning in recipes and a preservative in drinks. The history of vinegar dates back to 5000 years ago.
Vinegar is one of nature's most important gifts, made to human race. Any alcoholic beverage, whether it's made from apples, grapes, dates, rice or sugar, once exposed to air will turn, naturally, into vinegar.
Taste your mixture once every couple weeks after four months to see if it has reached the strength you desire. It may take up to six months before your vinegar is ready.
Use the funnel to transfer the vinegar mixture into the gallon jug.
Store your finished vinegar in glass bottles.
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