A lot of leftover apple peels and cores, can easily make you try your hand at making our own apple vinegar. At least it made us try it out!
What is apple cider vinegar good for?
Most people have already become aware of the amazing health benefits hidden in the apple cider vinegar. Among other things, it is used to promote shiny straight hair, cure a sore throat, and maintain good overall healthiness. Importantly, there is a ‘stock’ of other health benefits that apple cider vinegar holds for the senior people (55 and older) too.
There have been a vast number of studies done asserting that apple cider vinegar actually reduces blood cholesterol levels. Apple cider vinegar lowers the overall level of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the bad one) in the human body.
It has also been found to improve the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the good one). It is common for people at the age of 55+ to have issues with ‘taming’ their cholesterol levels and it is even common in younger people as well.
The state of fatigue is commonly caused by increased levels of lactic acid in the body, which comes from exertion of energy and stress. Because ACV has a high potassium and enzyme content, consuming it can result in an awakening feeling that is similar to that of consuming a dose of caffeine.
So, instead of reaching for a cup of coffee during that afternoon clang, try adding a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a bit of organic (unadulterated) honey to some water and see if that wakes you up equally.
You are likely to feel more awake and energized for the rest of the day without having to drink any more coffee cups!
By taking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis (the recommended daily dose or amount (RDA) is 2 tablespoons in 1 glass of water twice per day) you are helping to dissolve the acid crystals in your blood.
Also, you are providing your body with an added dose of potassium, calcium, and other minerals that are essential for the joints and cartilages in your body.
Because of this, you will notice that you are only waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom rather than waking up time and again due to leg (and other muscle) cramps and pain in the joints.
Also, because apple cider vinegar is so acidic in composition, it has amazing effects on bad breath and halitosis (chronic bad breath).
Take the recommended dose, two tablespoons in one glass of water twice daily, and your bad breath should be relieved almost instantaneously.
Another method of curing bad breath with apple cider vinegar is to add 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water and use the mixture as a good mouthwash.
The acidity in the apple cider vinegar will help to kill off and break down bacteria in the mouth that cause your smelly breath.
Here we have mentioned just several, out of the numerous, health benefits of having apple cider vinegar in your daily diet. So keep exploring the rest of them!
How to make ACV at home from scratch
The steps to make homemade ACV are really quite simple, and again, this is a recipe that requires little to no measuring — the amount of apples used does not matter at all!
1. First you should collect the leftover peels and cores and put them in shallow pie dishes. Then simply add enough water to cover the scraps by about an inch or two (about 5 cm). We added ¼ cup of sugar to each dish and placed a plate on top of the mixture with a smaller bowl on top of the plate to keep it down and keep the scraps completely submerged in water.
2. Next, we covered the dishes with a tea towel and let them sit for 1 full week — this allowed for the beginning stages of fermentation.
3. After 1 full week has passed, we checked our apple mixture which had considerably darkened in color by now and formed a little mold on the liquid’s surface, which is reasonable. We spooned off any visible surface mold, and then drained the liquid and peels through a sieve into a large measuring pourer.
4. We transferred this liquid into a bigger jar, covered the rim with cheese cloth and tightly closed the lid (the cheese cloth allows the vinegar ‘to breath’ and helps avoid any metal corrosion). It now will just need to sit for 6 more weeks until we have tasty natural vinegar!
5. We also found 4 smaller jars which turned out to be the right size to have at hand for gifts over the holidays. You can also spice up these liquids with seasonal herbs once they are ready.
6. Just think how perfect is this homemade apple vinegar for pouring it over some fresh collards with chopped onion.