Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Apple Project #1 - Apple Cider Vinegar

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. In this case, life has given me apples and thus many cores, so I am making vinegar.

This is not the first time I've made cider vinegar. My hope is this time it will actually works. The first attempt involved The Little House on the Prairie Cookbook. (admitted living history geek) Perhaps it was the lack rain water or big barrel but it became a long forgotten science project in the furnace room. Oh well.

This experience was vastly different and required little in the way of ingredients - or equipment. It starts with only the peels and cores of two apples.

One quart filtered water, 1/4 cup raw sugar and a big glass jar.

Completely dissolve the sugar in the slightly warmed water and add the apple scraps. Top the jar with butter muslin to keep foreign objects out and allow wild yeast in.

And wait. In about 2-3 weeks it should begin to darken at which point the scraps are removed and the vinegar left to ferment further.

Time will tell - and I'll tell you.

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