All week long I’ve told you about stuff to do with your apples. From butter and sauce alone you will probably end up with a pile of apple cores and peels. The thing is what to do with all of them? Sure you could just toss them all into your compost. You could feed them to some worms if you like. Both of those are great options, but what if there was one more thing that you could do with those scrapes. Luckily is something else you can make. Apple Cider Vinegar!
I know, you are thinking don’t I need apple cider to make that? What sort of alchemy is this to conjure forth vinegar from mere apple peels? There is no black magic involved, just some time. You just gather up all those extras and put them into a container. I tend to find that a half gallon mason jar is perfect. Once you have it full of leftovers you’ll need to top it off with water. It tends to help if you add in some sugar, but it isn’t strictly necessary. You’ll want to cover the top with something breathable, a paper towel, coffee filter or cheesecloth. Now put it somewhere out of the way.
The yeast that are on the peels, in the air and just about everywhere else will go to town on the sugar that you added and the sugar content of the apples. They are taking the sugar and converting it to alcohol. You will probably notice some bubbles forming on the top. Also there may be some white “gunk”. This is fine, any other color can indicate mold and you should be very careful and most likely toss it. In about two weeks you’ll have apple cider, yes it is drinkable and it is alcoholic, but you probably don’t want to drink it. I doubt it would taste all that great.
Next you will want to filter out the fruit bits. You will want to collect the liquid. At this point the fruit can go to the worms or compost or whatever else you would have done with it in the first place. The liquid goes back into a jar with a breathable lid. Now the mother will go to work. Well technically the mother will form and then go to work. If you don’t have a vinegar mother, no worry, you just need some more time. Leave the liquid be and eventually you will notice what looks like a jellyfish at the bottom.
That jellyfish is called the mother and it will convert the alcohol in the cider into vinegar. It may take another month, but when it is done you will have pure, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. And you don’t need to buy it from a store, you where able to make it with just stuff that was going to get tossed in the compost bin any how.