A while ago I was given a link to making your own apple cider vinegar and I have to say that at the time it fell into my ‘lovely, but no time to do now’ basket. However as the apple harvest time came and I was given some apples along with all the apples coming from our trees I thought it was time to get cracking and make some!
This recipe from Janella Purcell is almost too easy for words! It is simply making the most of your waste as you prepare your apples for stewing or baking…… I know isn’t that awesome 🙂 So, as I cut, peeled and cored I popped all the skins and cores into a large jar beside me. Then when it was full I added a couple of tablespoons of honey and covered with filtered water. Yes, that is it …. oh and the patience to let it mature 🙂
Once you have your jar full of honey, water and apple leftovers you need to cover with something breathable and wait. After 2 weeks you can take out all the apple for composting, leaving behind the liquid, and then stir daily for 4 weeks while the mixture turns into Apple Cider Vinegar then bottle up. For the original recipe then head over to Janella’s website.
Now while it all seemed (and is) very easy I have to say that the end result was a little different from what we were all expecting. I’m not sure if it is because there were a few stray seeds that lingered in the liquid or just the type of apple used. Either way there is a distinct taste of ‘corn chips’ when we tasted it neat ….. no, not what we were expecting either but there you are. Diluted with water it tastes fine though not as strong as shop ACV however the initial tasting has put off other family members for good! All in all, I think that it will be a recipe that I’ll venture to try again 🙂
Hope this finds you making the most of what you have at hand.