Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

I have a good friend Laurie who has tried to get me to write a blog about how to make your own vinegar for a long time. My sister asked me a couple of years ago what I would like for my birthday. My response was a vinegar pot I had seen in a catalog.( Thanks Danette for the pot.) I had made my own vinegar and was completely hooked on it. I had one woman who tried my vinegar, then emailed me begging to buy some from me. She said she drank apple cider vinegar regularly but had never tasted any like mine and was craving it after tasting it. Homemade vinegar is different from  store-bought vinegar. It has a rich taste and loaded with health giving properties. This too is a cultured food and makes the best vinaigrette and sauces. You can dip into your pot to deglaze a pan or make a salad dressing or marinades. It is made very similar to kombucha and really just takes time as any cultured food would. It takes about a month or two to make a pot, but you only have to make it once or twice a year. You can even flavor your vinegar with fresh rosemary sprigs. Just add a couple springs to your vinegar when your done.

I’m not the only one that makes my own vinegar. I’ve heard that all French farm kitchens have a crock of rich deep- flavored vinegar working away some where. I have some French blood in me maybe this is where I get it from. My grandpa would be proud.

You will need a vinegar with what they call a mother. This means that it hasn’t been pasteurized you will see sediment at the bottom of the bottle and most of them say “with the Mother”, or unpasteurized vinegar. This is the good stuff that you need. Live active cultures.

Try my delicious drink below made with apple cider vinegar.
Really refreshing (and unusual).  This was served to the cowboys or field hands on a hot day to quench thirst.
To be served icy cold.

 
 

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

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Ingredients
  • 1-½ cups of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (It has to have the mother in it)
  • 4 ½ cups of good apple cider
Instructions
  1. Place the vinegar and the apple cider in a crock or jar make sure the crock does not have lead based paint and is food grade. It should hold at least a gallon with enough extra room for air circulation.
  2. Cover the opening with a cloth or cotton tea towel. Place in a warm spot (68 to 70 F) for 1 to 2 months. Check it occasionally and sniff it. It will gradually take on a distinct vinegar smell and you will notice a slight film on the top.
  3. When the mixture taste and smells like vinegar pour a third and place it in airtight bottles.
  4. Save the culture and extra vinegar and replace with equal amounts of apple cider and start the process again. The process will take less time so check it often. Mine has been done as soon as two weeks.
  5. You can also bottle all of it and throw away the culture.

 

Red Wine Vinegar

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups of red wine vinegar with mother (I use the Eden brand with the mother)
  • 4 ½ cups of red wine
Instructions
  1. Place the vinegar and the wine in a crock or jar make sure the crock does not have lead based paint and is food grade. It should hold at least a gallon with enough extra room for air circulation.
  2. Cover the opening with a cloth or cotton tea towel. Place in a warm spot (68 to 70 F) for 1 to 2 months. Check it occasionally and sniff it. It will gradually take on a distinct vinegar smell and you will notice a slight film on the top.
  3. When the mixture taste and smells like vinegar pour a third and place it in airtight bottles.
  4. Save the culture and extra vinegar and replace with equal amounts of wine and start the process again. The process will take less time so check it often. Mine has been done as soon as two weeks.
  5. You can also bottle all of it and throw away the culture.

 

Healthy Apple Cider Drink
Really refreshing (and unusual). Used to be served to the cowboys or field hands on a hot day to quench thirst. To be served icy cold.
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Ingredients
  • 8 cups of water add:
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 7 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB freshly grated ginger or 1 tsp dry ginger
  • Stevia or honey to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients and serve. (ginger will settle to bottom)

 

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