Apple cider vinegar is one of those ingredients that never goes out of fashion. It’s used in cooking, cleaning, for self-care, as a health tonic and much more. It’s health benefits are numerous and while the store-brand stuff is great, perhaps it’s time you learned how to make apple cider vinegar at home.
Why Make Apple Cider Vinegar At Home?
While making apple cider vinegar doesn’t require any special cooking skills, you will need patience to let it ferment. Aside from it being a fun activity, you’ll end up with an incredibly flavourful apple cider vinegar that tastes like nothing you’ve had before.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
There are two types of apple cider vinegar: the raw variety and the filtered/pasteurised vinegar. We are interested in the former for its medicinal properties.
Raw apple cider vinegar, which is to say the uncooked, unfiltered vinegar that still contains the mother (that’s the good bacteria), is beloved by health nuts. Its many health benefits include improving digestion, aiding in weight loss, curing candida and even soothing a sore throat (if gargled).
Beauty-conscious foodies will be glad to know apple cider vinegar is also great applied as a toner after washing the face, as this gives the skin a smoother texture. Rinsing shampooed hair with apple cider vinegar also gives a nice shine.
Here's a really cool recipe from Holistic Fashionista that doubles as a health tonic you can drink every morning:
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How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar at Home
Prepare yourself ahead of time and procure sterilised jars, lids, a bit of cheesecloth and rubber bands. Try this quick recipe:
1 lb (453g) organic apples
3 teaspoons of sugar
Enough spring water to cover
Wash the apples and chop them into quarters (skin and all). Place the apple pieces in a large jar. Sprinkle in the sugar and fill the jar with enough spring water to cover the apples. Cover the jar with cheesecloth and a rubber band (which will allow the gas to escape).
Stash the jar in a dark cupboard anywhere from two to six weeks, depending on the desired strength. Strain to remove the solids and you've got the ultimate homemade apple cider vinegar.
This method for making apple cider vinegar is also successful: