Sweet Savings – Apple Cider Vinegar

DSC_2908Apples – yay!  Apple Pie or cake is in the oven or perhaps you juiced some apples or made a fruit salad.  Time to clean up the mess.  Do not throw away the peels and core.

Confession:  I make my own apple cider vinegar because I am into DIY when it comes to caring for my natural hair and it is a great hair rinse and really helps with the dandruff situation.  And I am cheap thrifty.

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Simply fill a jar 3/4 way with apple peel and core and seeds.  Dissolve a tablespoon of sugar per 1 cup of water and fill almost to the top.

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Vinegar needs to breath, so put a piece of cloth or a serviette/napkin over the top of the jar and secure with a rubber band. Store in a warm dry place.  Shake it every so often for a month to 6 weeks.  If any brown/grey scum develops on the top, just spoon it off.  It is ready when it has the strong vinegary smell.  Sieve out the scraps and your apple cider vinegar is ready to use.

Apple cider vinegar has many uses:

  • Hair rinse – removes product build-up and balance your scalp’s pH
  • Facial cleanser/toner – the anti-bacterial properties make it a good cleanser and toner
  • Clean your home – vinegar is less toxic than many commercial detergents
  • Odour neutralizer
  • Issues with smelly feet – wipe your feet with a towel soaked in the vinegar

Disclaimer:  The apples on our shelves come from South Africa.  So if we factor the time it takes from harvest to packaging to transporting to staying fresh on the shelves in the supermarket for 3 weeks … they probably use a lot of pesticides and chemicals. We do however eat the entire apple, so ingesting the vinegar is entirely up to you.

…. like I sometimes do … random pics of familiar scenes …. sunsets

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Homemade Apple/Pear Cider Vinegar


Ingredients

  • apple or pear peels and cores
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar]

Directions


Fill a jar 3/4 way with apple peel and core and seeds.  Dissolve a tablespoon of sugar per 1 cup of water and fill almost to the top.

Vinegar needs to breath, so put a piece of cloth or a serviette/napkin over the top of the jar and secure with a rubber band. Store in a warm dry place.

Shake it every so often for a month to 6 weeks.  If any brown/grey scum develops on the top, just spoon it off.

It is ready when it has the strong vinegary smell.  Sieve out the scraps and your apple cider vinegar is ready to use.


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