My apple cider vinegar start made in a old glass apple cider jar.
I am of course referring to home brewed vinegar or a few select companies because the store vinegar as a whole has who knows what in it? The live culture which is called a mother has been removed from most store products and the ones that say live culture I am suspicious of since I know yogurt and buttermilk from the store has little if any left alive by the time it arrives in your store.
A little over a month ago I tried again.This time I went to the local Farmer's Market as I heard there was a gentleman who sold homemade vinegar, mother intact. I spoke with him about the process and since he was sold out when I arrived, I made plans to come again. It was a couple Saturdays later before I could get back and a couple more weeks before I could get my own batch started. The quart I purchased was $7.00 which makes it out of my price range to be a regular customer. Think $28 dollars a gallon and I intend on creating a large use for it. I understand that the vinegar might well be priced correctly. It just isn't in my poor woman's budget.
In my hurry to get started amidst the chaos swirling in our lives. I happen to be making the vinegar in the wrong order. I'm also using apple juice that I canned last fall from our trees. The recipes call for starting with apples and then going from there. That means relying on the questionable products of the store. The thing I'm trying to work away from. I have no facility to store apples but a food cellar is definitely high on my priority list.
To me starting with apple juice is just a jump start on the project but what do I know? I'm a newby to vinegar in using it and making it. Two things I do know is that a apple press is definitely in our future and we need more apple trees. We LOVE the homemade juice I made and bottle. We could use a whole lot more apples if we had them so more trees will be planted. Meantime I will beg for left over harvests from others.
Will this batch of vinegar work. I don't know. The more I've read, the more I see that maybe this batch wasn't done quite right but if not, I shall try again. The more I research, the more ideas I'm acquiring for ways I can use vinegar instead of another product. Homemade ketchup and mustard are in the near future for sure. What is your favorite use for vinegar?