Thursday, July 11, 2013

the "fermenator"

 I've given myself a new job description, instead of stating that I like to ferment things, I've dubbed myself the "fermenator".
You might have remembered me mentioning on other posts in times past, here and here, my experimentations in fermentation.

Years ago, while on the farm, I had my first attempt at making apple cider vinegar. I used Carla Emery's recipe found in Encyclopedia of Country Living.  My concoction sat in an antique covered crock until it began to make a slushy stuff on top, I sensed failure.

But now I know fermentation will bubble and grow stuff, it is alive and growing, not necessarily bad.

So with my organic apple scraps and cores, distilled water, a glass jar, and a piece of cheesecloth, I am on my way to making apple cider vinegar. It rests inside my cupboard, at this stage it has a most delightful smell.

Now that it is beginning to thicken and form a scum on top, I shall let it stand quiet and undisturbed for a month.


melissa said...

This is brilliant. I'm taking an herbalist's course and use APC for some of the tinctures. Would love to try what you're doing, but never heard of anyone attempting it. Thanks so much for the idea.

I've successfully made bread starter without yeast, just grabbing the spores in the air. Why not vinegar?!! :)

Karen said...

Funny that I've just been reading about fermenting. Ferminator, huh? Heehee :)
I don't know hardly the first thing about it, so I would love to see pictures when it's finished. I would be inclined to throw it out if it looked moldy, but apparently, that's what it's supposed to do.

The dB family said...

You are my second friend who has talked about fermenting. I am very intrigued by it. I look forward to reading more about your apple cider vinegar.

Thank you for your continued prayers. It is a true blessing to know that others are praying.

Blessings and hugs!

Hill upon Hill said...

hmmmm and it is very healthy. Do you take it daily?

Cathy said...

I take Braggs raw apple cider vinegar daily, and drink at least one glass of kombucha daily. This homemade vinegar...I will have to see how it turns out. I am familiar with the kombucha "scoby", but this film over my vinegar, just as anything new would do, unnerves a little.

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