I love making my own Apple Cider Vinegar because it is so easy and does not take up much of my time.
I am not good at following recipes so I guess I won’t be good at writing them. I like to read recipes and then just wing it. I will try to explain the steps as much as I can.
Making the main Apple Cider Vinegar
I use apple scraps for the vinegar. My children prefer their apples skinned and cored. So I place all the skins and cores in a container in the freezer until I have enough to make a batch of vinegar. When I have 10 apple skins I can start making the ACV.
Take the apple skins and cores and place them in a large container with a wide mouth opening.
Fill the container with 2l of filtered water, if you are using tap water leave the water out for 24 hours so that the chlorine can evaporate.
Add sweetener, I use a 1/3 cup of raw honey.
Add 1/3 cup of ACV with the mother to your mixture to help ensure a successful batch.
The apples will float to the top. It is important to keep the apples submerged in the water, if they are exposed they will accumulate mould. I have a random loose plastic lid that fits perfectly in my container, this helps to keep the apples in the water. Cover the container with a tea-towel or a cheesecloth. Store in a cool dark place.
During the first week stir the mixture once a day. After a week you will start to smell the vinegar. Some will take this mixture after just a week and use it for cleaning purposes however the mixture can stand for 4-6 weeks. I can not wait 6 weeks so I start using my mixture after 4 weeks.
You can strain the vinegar through your cheesecloth if you want to. I like to leave mine unfiltered.
My last batch of ACV I divided into 4 parts. One large bottle for normal ACV and three smaller bottles which I used to infuse.
In the first container, I placed a generous amount of rosemary twigs. Second container lemon peels and the third orange peel. I leave it to infuse for two weeks. Strain the vinegar through a cheesecloth and pour back into their bottles. I use containers with plastic or cork tops. If you will be using the infused vinegar for cleaning it is always nice to use a spray bottle.
There are 3 uses for the infused vinegar and standard ACV:
Use the vinegar as salad dressing or in other food that requires some vinegar.
Dilute 1/4 to 1L of water and use as a general cleaner. Or use undiluted for tough water stains. While one can clean a wide variety with vinegar, there are a few items you should not clean with vinegar.
- Granite or Marble counter tops
- Stone Flooring
- Hardwood furniture and floors
- Stainless Steel
- Painted surfaces
- Kitchen knives
- Egg based spills
Use the vinegar undiluted as fabric softer. Do not worry your clothes will not smell like a salad You will only the faint smell of the infusion.
Good luck in making your own and have fun with infusing your vinegar.