Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

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Today we took some time to harvest the last of the baking apples from the tree.  It is the last of our fruit … excluding tomatoes …. and makes it feel like autumn is really here, especially as the rain has just begun.  Apple crumble on the menu tonight I think however what to do with all the extras and the peels?

I have an apple cider on the brew which I’m hoping will be drinkable so thought I’d get some more apples ready for a second brew ….. fingers crossed.  I also was reminded about an easy apple cider vinegar recipe I had, only uses the peels and cores of the apples, which was successful many years ago.   I have decided to just be lazy and re-post it below with a few notes in italics 🙂  I’ll keep you posted on the Cider!

‘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!

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This recipe from Janella Purcell (sorry link doesn’t seem to be working now) 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 (I’m trying with maple syrup this time due to veganism on the bus now) 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.

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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.  (This makes me laugh as I forgot about that!! The longer we had it sitting in the cupboard the nicer it got so I think the moral of the story is to brew and let it sit for as long as possible) All in all, I think that it will be a recipe that I’ll venture to try again 🙂 True to my word I am :)’

Hope this finds you making the most of what you have at hand.

Arohnaui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

Make the most of the influence you have

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Since we are either just arrived or nearly arrived home after a long weekend away I thought I would schedule this blog and share with you a great blog post from Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist.  Apologies to those of you who get both blogs….. then again maybe not as this is a message that we need reminding of everyday.

Influence. You Already Have It.

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 by Becoming Minimalist 

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“You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” —Scott Adams

Our lives matter. This is indeed life-giving news to each of us.

We all want to live lives of significance—lives that make a difference in the world around us. We were designed to live for something greater than ourselves. And each of us were born with an ingrained desire to accomplish that.

As a result, our world cares deeply about influence. We pay for it, fight for it, and study how to get more of it. Our world measures it, ranks it, and ascribes it to people for foolish reasons. But in our constant struggle to attain influence, we often miss out on one very important truth:

We already have it! Each of us is already an influencer of others.

To live is to influence. Whenever and wherever our lives interact with others (at home, at work, on-line, or in our community), we have influence. We change lives. We affect people every single day with the words we say, the looks on our face, the actions we choose, and the decisions we make.

It would be wise for us to stop always asking how to acquire more and instead, start asking what to do with the influence we already have.

The interactions we have in this world offer both a great and challenging opportunity. They can be positive or negative. They can add value to the lives of others or they can take value away. Our opportunity for influence can become an important agent for change or it can further cement the status quo. It can make our world a better place to be or a crummier place to endure. There are no neutral contributors in this world.

Every day, whether we interact with 5 people, 50 people, or 500, our lives matter and produce a ripple effect that extends far beyond us. Let’s model integrity, celebrate growth, encourage strength, and push for positive change.

If we’re not doing well with the influence we already have, why do we think the world would benefit if we had more?

Many thanks to Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist for this post.

Hope this finds you appreciating and making the most of the influence you have.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz