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    Default Got apples?...here's an apple cider vinegar recipe

    I found this recipe in one of my old Earth Garden magazines yesterday.  Earth Garden is like the Mother Earth mag in the US.

    This can be made with wild apples so I'm guessing crab apples would be good too.  Don't wash the apples as they have wild yeast on their skins.

    Ingredients:

    2kg apples

    3.5 litres non-chlorinated water (rain water or tap water that you let stand in an open bucket for 24 hours).

    1 cup sugar or 3/4 cup honey

    Chop up the apples into a bucket, include pips, stems, skin, everything, just cut off any bad bits and discard them.  Add the water and sugar or honey and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Cover with a clean towel and leave for a couple of days at room temp.  Dunk the apples every day for ten days, they need to be mixed up and under the water.  If you don't do this some of the apples will always be at the top.  After 10 days, prepare clean dry bottles, then strain the liquid into them through a towel or cheesecloth to get all the liquid but no apple bits.  Leave the bottles uncorked and the liquid should turn to vinegar within two weeks.  When the liquid turns you can cork the bottle and store as normal.

    There will be sediment at the bottom and scum at the top.  The sediment and scum are both harmless and can be removed to a "mother" bottle.  You can introduce small quanties from the mother bottle to future vinegar bottles to speed up the process.

    It can be used on salads, for various medical reasons and for animals.  I use apple cider vinegar in the chicken's water to keep worms at bay.  It saves on the vet's worm medicine and I believe is better for the chickens.  It can also be used on horses.

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    Have you ever tried this Rhonda? Vinegar in all it's flavors is getting to be a fav of mine as I grow older. I want to try some cranberry vinegar next. One of my fav vinegars is tarragon. Thanks for the recipe. Love the flavored oils too.
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    I haven't tried it yet, Darlene, but I will shortly. I'm currently finishing off a bottle of organic apple and raspberry vinegar which is totally divine. I have it on salads mixed with olive oil, S&P and dry mustard.

    I just wish I had a few of the wild apples I harvested a few months ago when I returned from Sydney. I'm going to try it with apples I buy at the farmers stall.

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    Thank you Rhonda! I have several trees of "wild apples" and never can use them all up. Now I just need to find some time to get it together.

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    The information is very interesting. Now I'm interested in the properties of vinegar.

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