Apple Scrap Vinegar Recipe
It's apple season! At this point you may be overrun with apples and are looking for something to do with them. Likewise, when you make that apple pie don't toss the scraps!
You can easily and quickly make this apple scrap vinegar that has similar benefits to the world renowned apple cider vinegar. There are far too many uses and remedies from ACV to press into this one article, so at this point in time I will ask you to do your own research on the subject. If you already love apple cider vinegar, consider using this recipe to save yourself some money by making your own wonder tonic.
This recipe will be for a quart of apple scraps. If you have more than a mason jar's worth of apples, multiply this recipe times how many quarts you have.
A mix of apples will bring about the most complex and potent vinegar. If you can, try to use both sour and sweet apple scraps for this recipe.
You can use cores, peels, and any other part of the apple as long as it's organic. Remove seeds. Try not to use moldy or rotten bits.
What you need
1 qt. Apple scraps
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 quart de-chlorinated water
2 tbsp apple cider (or scrap) vinegar as a starter
Mason jars/bottles as needed
Making your apple scrap vinegar
1. Start by warming your water in a saucepan on low and mixing in the sugar until dissolved. Do not bring to a boil!
2. Place your apple scraps into the mason jar and pour the warm sugar water mixture over the scraps making sure they are completely covered.
3. Add your ACV or ASV starter and stir to mix.
4. Stir well and cover the top with a cloth. Place vessel somewhere dark but warm.
5. Stir your apple scrap mixture daily to aerate, enhancing the fermentation.
6. You will begin to notice some slight bubbling in your vessel. Once the bubbling stops (about 1-2 weeks), your vinegar is finished fermenting!
7. Bottle your vinegar in some airtight containers. Strain out the solids as you funnel your mixture into bottles. You may "burp" your vinegars for the following days until it does not seem to be building any pressure. Failure to do so may result in an exploded vinegar!
Enjoy your apple scrap vinegar for about a year or more if made correctly! Good for all the same amazing and exponential uses as apple cider vinegar.
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