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Make Your Own Apple Vinegar

A few weekends ago we headed up to Apple Hill.  We try to go every year, because it's gorgeous up in the foothills and it's a fun family trip.  We always pick apples from several of the U-pick farms in the area but this year our apple picking got a lot more serious... we would make applesauce and apple pie filling from our bounty to can.

We picked more than 30 lbs. of apples, lots of different types -- Jonathans, Golden Delicious, Fujis, Winesaps, Granny Smiths, and a few of my favorite Arkansas Blacks.  We made apple pie filling last week with most of the Granny Smiths and some Fujis.  Since applesauce tastes best with slightly overripe apples, applesauce will be made later this week.

With the cores and peels, we've tried something different: making apple vinegar.  I ran across the recipe on About.com's Food Preservation site.  It's super simple.  Just add apple scraps, sugar or honey, and some water.  Then, wait. 

Since we had so many apple scraps, we made one batch with sugar and one with honey, just to see if there was any difference in the finished product.  They've been sitting in the water for five days now, and already we can smell the slightly tangy scent of vinegar.  Making your own vinegar, who knew?

I'll let you know how my apple vinegar turns out.  In the meantime, check out the recipe yourself here:  Apple Scrap Vinegar

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