While looking through our recent Countryside & Small Stock Journal I came across an article about vinegars which included instructions on how to make your own apple cider vinegar. I decided to give it a try yesterday, and in three to 6 weeks we should know how I did!
The instructions were simple, in two sterilized half gallon jars add your chunks of apple or peels, and cores until the jars are three quarters of the way full. You then add a sugar water mixture, which is approximately 1 tbsp. of sugar to 1 cup of water. Making sure that the sugar is fully dissolved before adding. Fill the jars until the apples are covered. The article suggested using a plastic zip lock bag filled with water to weight the apples down so that they remain submerged. I did that and then covered the jars with cheesecloth to keep out bugs. I then placed the jars in the hoosier cabinet in our pantry. I am supposed to check the jars every few days to make sure that no mold is developing, if it does you have to throw out the mixture and start over.
We really enjoy getting the Countryside and Small Stock Journal. In this issue the kids really enjoyed the articles on owls!