Apple cider vinegar has taken the natural health community by storm in recent years, although it’s been used as a natural remedy since the days of the Ancient Greeks. It is said to have numerous benefits from weight loss to curing dandruff. Some other benefits and uses include:
- Lowering cholesterol
- Preventing acid reflux
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Speeding up metabolism
- Soothing sunburns
- Whitening teeth
- Balancing skin’s pH levels
- Household cleaner
These are just a few of the reasons you should have apple cider vinegar handy in your home at all times. Here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to make your own organic apple cider vinegar, with “the mother”, at home in your kitchen.
- Organic Apples (any variety, although tart apples taste best)
- Organic Raw Sugar
- Filtered Water
- Wooden Spoon or Stirrer
#1. Cut apples into chunks
After your apples are all washed, cut them into pieces. *Because you are using organic apples, you can use the entire apple, including the seeds and core.* They do not have to be a specific size, about 6-12 chunks per apple. Cut enough apples to fill a large glass pitcher or container, leaving some space at the top to allow for expansion and bubbles.
#2. Add sugar to filtered water
Measure out 1 cup of filtered water and add about 1 heaping teaspoon of sugar for each apple that was cut. This doesn’t have to be exact so don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Lightly stir the sugar water for a few seconds.
#3. Pour sugar water mixture over the apples
The sugar will not all be dissolved so just spoon it out on top of the apples. Fill container with more filtered water, leaving an inch or so of space at the top.
#4. Place an item on top of the apples to keep them submerged
The apples will float to the top so to keep them submerged under water, place a small lid or weight of some sort on top of them.
#5. Cover container with a breathable lid
Cover the apples with something that can breathe, such as a cheesecloth or natural coffee filter (as shown), then secure it with a rubber band.
Let this mixture (referred to as the starter) sit on the counter at room temperature for about two to two and a half weeks. If it sits a little longer, that’s okay. Stir the mixture every few days with a wooden spoon (any metal causes a chemical reaction that can ruin the mixture). Bubbles are a normal part of the fermentation process and a sign that the apples are creating bacteria that eats the sugar. If the apples fall to the bottom of the container, it means that the starter is ready to be filtered.
#6. Filter the liquid into a glass container with lid
Filter the liquid from the apples into a glass container with a lid and let it sit on the counter for about four weeks. During this time, the mixture will turn into vinegar and you will notice the “mother” forming (“the mother” is a structure of beneficial acids that create a cloudy or murky appearance. Raw or unfiltered vinegars that contain “the mother” have many more health benefits than filtered vinegars).
Once complete, keep container in the refrigerator. Your apple cider vinegar is now ready to be enjoyed!
How easy was that?!
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