I did speak about the anecdotal, and the substantiated benefits of apple cider vinegar in my first post (see the link below) but, what is it that keeps me drinking it?
I’ve never been tempted to drink vinegar before this year. Who drinks vinegar? It’s sour…
Me. That’s who. I drink raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar everyday. I am not going to pretend that I particularly like the flavour, but it is tolerable mixed with raw honey, warm water and lemon juice. I’ve settled on once a day, just before my evening meal, and I just chug-a-lug it down in one go.
Dear reader, I can’t pretend to you that I know for certain, but my intuition tells me that it has offered me very definite health benefits.
I’m not a health zealot by any stretch of the imagination 🙂 But, when something works, well, you go with it.
Stage 2 of making my own apple cider vinegar was easy. I’ll outline the steps:
- Wash and sterilise a smaller jar than your original. As you can see from the photo, there is a degree of natural evaporation, and the apples themselves account for a considerable amount of volume in the starter jar.
- Using a sterilised dish cloth, piece of muslin, or a paper coffee filter, strain your starter mix into the smaller sterilised jar.
- I squeezed all the liquid out of the apples before discarding them. Doing this does add more sediment, and will contribute to a cloudier mix, but, that’s ok.
- Cover with another material that will allow oxygen into the liquid. Oxygen, at this stage is necessary for the complete conversion of alcohol into vinegar. I used a layer of paper towel, and some string.
- Label and date.
- Place in a dark, temperature stable spot for another 3-4 weeks, stirring every couple of days. The stirring introduces further oxygen.
Cross your fingers 🙂
THIS post will fill you in on the first stages of making your own raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar.
There is a step 3, and I’ll be sure to let you know how I go with that one too.
Until then, I wish you love, happiness, health and lots of good food!
’till next time