How I LOVE thrifty nifty things. And making vinegar from something you throw away – apple peels and cores is RIGHT up my alley! I first learnt about it from Blue Bear Wood on our Foraging Tops & Tricks hangout. Simply genius and so easy.
To Make Vinegar you will need:
a dark warm space
How To Make Vinegar from Apple Leftovers
1) Let your peelings go brown. Dissolve approx 1 mug (cup) of sugar to about 5 Liters of water. (You can dissolve the sugar in less water and then add it to the remaining water..). As we made small amounts, we guessed and used 1 tea spoon of sugar per jam jar.
2) Pack them into a jar and cover with water (you can top this up over the course of a few days, once the scum starts to form, leave it and start a new jar)
3) Cover with a muslin (do not seal, you need to let it breath).
4) Put in a warm dark place. Stir once a day for about a week.
5) After a week or so, strain out all the apple peel (you can pop them into a muslin and hang above a bowl – leave overnight to get all the juices out!). Throw away the peel and place the remaining liquid back into a dark space for about 4-6weeks (you can taste test it).
6) Once ready, decanter into a bottle. If you find your vinegar is cloudy, that is fine (it is apple sediment and good), if you don’t like that though, you can strain it through a coffee filter.
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