Making Apple Cider Vinegar
By Gregory Medeiros
There are two ways to make apple cider vinegar. You can either make it with the cores and peels or you can use the whole apple. Either way, you will end up with delicious apple cider vinegar you can use in so many ways.
As with most recipes of health related products it is best to use organic apples. The fermenting process takes quite a bit of time but apple cider vinegar is inexpensive to make and good for you.
Making Apple Cider Vinegar From Scraps
For this method you only use the cores and peels of the apples. There are two advantages to this method. First it is much quicker, only taking about two months. The second advantage is you get to eat the apples or use them for another purpose such as making a pie.
Leave your scraps exposed to the air until they turn brown. Once they have turned brown put them into a glass jar. Now add water until the jar is almost full. You may continue to add scraps for a few more days. If you plan to do this leave some room in the jar. Now cover the jar with cheesecloth and place it in a warm, dark place.
After a few days you will notice a grayish film forming on top. The contents of will also start to thicken a little at this point. Do not add any more scraps after this happens. Let the jar sit for a month or so. At this pint you can begin taste testing it. Strain out the scraps and bottle the vinegar when it is strong enough for you.
Your vinegar will probably cloudy and there may be some sediment. What is known as a mother may also form. These are okay. Your vinegar is just fine. If any of this bothers you, it can all be filtered out.
Making Apple Cider Vinegar From Whole Apples
Wash whole apples (preferably organic apples) and cut into pieces. Leave your apples scraps exposed to the air until they turn brown. Once they have turned brown put them into a glass bowl and add enough water to cover the apples. Cover the bowl with cheesecloth and place it in a warm, dark place for six months.
After six months a grayish film will have formed on top. Strain out the apples and let the vinegar sit covered with cheesecloth for another four to six weeks.
Apple cider vinegar has been used as both a food and a medicine on people and animals. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, used it mixed with honey as an energizing tonic and a healing elixir which he prescribed for may ills including coughs and colds.
Here are some ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar:
|Prevent flu and stomach illness
||Helps relieve allergies
|Helps prevent or reduce acne
||Lowers glucose in diabetics
|Relieves heart burn
|Relieves chronic acid reflux
||Lowers blood pressure
|Helps relieve asthma
||Gets rid of fingernail and toenail fungus
|Helps relieve gout
||Gets rid of buildup on scalp
|Breaks down fat
|Relieves sinus pressure
|Relieves sinus infection
|Slows the growth of cancer cells
|Reduces and relieves arthritis
|Dissolves kidney stones
|Regulates pH balance
||Fruit fly trap