Research continues to uncover more and more uses for apple cider vinegar every day. When taken internally, it can help improve digestion, aid weight loss, control blood sugars and strengthen the immune system so it is easier for the body to fight off infection and disease. When used topically, it can help tone the skin, clear up acne and makes an excellent rinse for the hair. Its uses around the household, too, are practically limitless.
However, it is important that apple cider vinegar be raw and unpasteurized if it is to be effective. Check out the bottle before purchasing: apple cider vinegar which has a cloudy substance at the bottom – known as mother is the kind that should be bought. This “mother” is made up of a combination of probiotic bacteria and enzymes which give the vinegar its many healthful properties. Below is a recipe for making apple cider vinegar at home.
How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar
This recipe for apple cider vinegar is simple and inexpensive to make and it will provide the household with a reliable source of ACV at a very good price.
Ingredients and Supplies:
- 6 sweet apples
- Starter culture: 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar with “mother”
- 2 tablespoons raw honey or sugar
- 2-quart glass jar
- Cheese cloth
- Rubber band
Wash apples then cut into 8-12 pieces per apples; place in jar and keep them there until they brown. Add honey and apple cider vinegar starter, then cover the apples with water (make sure to use non-chlorinated!). Place cheesecloth over top of jar and secure with rubber band, the place the jar in a war, dark places for 2 weeks. Be sure to stir the combination daily. After two weeks, strain the liquid into a clean glass jar, then cover again for another 2 weeks to a month, tasting regularly to see when it is ready. Then cover with a regular lid and place in refrigerator; use as needed.
It is also possible to use just apple peelings and cores to make the apple cider vinegar and retain the flesh of the apples of other purposes. If peelings and cores are used, use the same method as above but feel free to add extra apple peel, etc., for the first few days, stopping when the mixture starts to thicken. Aside from that, follow the directions for using fresh apples.
Making apple cider vinegar at home insures that it will have its full probiotic and nutritional components which give it the many healthful properties is it so prized for. It can also save money and, if using the second method, is an excellent way to use apple cores and peelings that might otherwise be thrown away.
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