So – I’m drying pears and apples and grapes today, and came across the fact that you can make vinegar out of the apple and pear SCRAPS! It’s as simple as throwing the cores and slightly bruised bits or peels (I don’t usually peel these) in a jar and covering them with water and covering the jar with a cloth rubber-banded on, and setting it in a dark corner of your kitchen for a few weeks. The first week you poke the floating fruit down every day — and when it naturally settles to the bottom, leave it until it turns darker and smells vinegary. Then strain the fruit out and let it sit for another few weeks – and bottle it up! It will make it’s own “mother” which you can use as ‘starter’ for more batches – although, obviously you don’t NEED a ‘mother’ to do this!
This is especially nice for those apples that fall from the tree before they are fully ripe or have a worm hole or a bird peck or a bruise or two.
I love this because I spend a lot on organic apple cider vinegar (I use it as a hair rinse among other things) AND I hate throwing away perfectly good food! (although my chickens would happily eat them) Beautiful!
I have just begun this process so I don’t know how successful I will be. I will do an update in a month or so to let you know.
Have you done this? How did it work?