We all know that organic apple cider vinegar can be used for a lot of things other than just cooking. From improving digestion, lowering high blood pressure to warding off wrinkles, it seems like there is nothing that this sour liquid cannot do! Did you know that it is actually very easy to make your very own organic apple cider vinegar?
Although it’s true that you can get a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar practically everywhere, making it from scratch lets you save a lot of cash. You can further stretch your budget when whipping up homemade organic apple cider vinegar as you may simply use the peels and cores. So when making apple pie or apple sauce, don’t throw away those unused apple parts — you can turn them into organic apple cider vinegar!
There’s apple cider vinegar and there’s organic apple cider vinegar. Without a shred of a doubt, organic is the better apple cider vinegar choice. Free of any pesticide or fertilizer, you can take advantage of it with utmost peace of mind.
Certainly, you will have to use organic apples if you want your homemade apple cider vinegar to be organic. Even though organic apples cost more than the rest, they’re not tainted with anything that can potentially wreak havoc to your health. This translates to reduced medical expenses in the future!
In case you cannot seem to get your hands on organic apples, fret not. That’s because you may also go for regular apples and still come up with organic apple cider vinegar. How? By discarding the peels! It’s on the apple peel that traces of pesticides and fertilizers are present, so throwing it away lets you come up with apple cider vinegar that’s organic. As you can see, making your very own organic apple cider vinegar won’t give you a headache!
Using a mixture of organic apple types is said to yield the best organic apple cider vinegar. So when shopping for apples, consider going for different ones if you want the resulting organic apple cider vinegar to be the best of the bunch. However, there is absolutely no problem if you wish to stick to a certain type of apple only.
Before we take a look at the simple recipe, there’s something important that you should know: it will take a couple of months before you can start using your homemade organic apple cider vinegar. It’s for the fact that the apples have to be fermented for several weeks. In other words, you cannot come up with your very own organic apple cider vinegar overnight. Just bear in mind that patience is a virtue!
Here’s the recipe:
- 3 medium-sized organic apples (stems removed)
- 3 teaspoons of raw sugar
- Distilled water
- Wash the apples thoroughly. Chop them up into cubes, including the core. Discard the seeds. If you’re using regular apples, peel before chopping them up.
- Grab a tall glass jar with a wide mouth. Make sure that it is sterilized to deter the growth of bad bacteria. To have your glass jar sterilized, carefully wash with soap and water, then rinse with hot water.
- Place the cubed apples in the sterilized glass jar.
- Dissolve raw sugar in a cup of distilled water. Pour it into the glass jar. Since it’s important for the cubed apples to be totally immersed, add some more distilled water if necessary.
- Put a small piece of cheesecloth or paper towel on the mouth of the glass jar. Secure in place with a rubber band. This will help keep dust and small insects from getting in.
- Place the glass jar in a warm and dark corner of your kitchen. Your pantry is also a wonderful storage area. Let the glass jar sit there for about 4 weeks to give the apples enough time to ferment.
- After about 4 weeks, strain and discard the cubed apples. Place the liquid back in the glass jar and cover with the same piece of cheesecloth or paper towel.
- Put the glass jar back to your chosen warm and dark spot. Let it sit there for about 4 more weeks. Remember to stir with a clean wooden spoon every other day.
- Taste your homemade organic apple cider vinegar after 4 weeks. If it already has the acidity of your preference, transfer to a clean bottle with a cap and use as desired. Otherwise, let it ferment more.