Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is well known for its medicinal properties. Studies show that they can balance your blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well as dissolve the cholesterol in the arteries that leads you towards heart diseases. Apart from these, consumption of ACV in small amounts on a regular basis is proved to enhance the overall immunity of people.
ACV brands like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar are popular among the users because of their superior quality. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is ACV that contains “the mother” which is a colony of bacteria that produces acetic acid from the alcohol in the cider. The acetic acid is one of the major reasons for the goodness of ACV and those with the mother are said to be the healthiest and most beneficial for culinary purpose. So, if making ACV is not going well for you at home, there’s always another option for you.
Making ACV at home is not rocket science as you think. It’s easy, provided you know what to do. This will just take a few minutes and a few apples. You can make your own ACV in a wide mouth jar that needs to be sterilized before you start with the procedure. So here are the steps you need to follow:
- Wash the apples thoroughly and cut them into medium sized pieces without the stem. If the apples are organic, you can use the peel and the inside part; but if they are not organic, just peel of the skin because they may be sprayed on with a lot of pesticides and other chemicals.
- Sterilize a wide-mouthed jar and put the cut apple pieces into it. If you have peels or middle parts of the apples that are left over after a baking session, you can add them to the jar as well.
- Take raw sugar according to the amount of apples you’ve taken. For every single average sized apple, you can use one table spoon of sugar. Mix the sugar well in a cup of water and pour it into the jar. Add more water so that all the apple pieces are properly submerged under it.
- Cover the jar with a cheese cloth or a paper cloth that will keep away the dirt and dust but will allow the brew to breathe. They let in the good bacteria which are essential for the fermentation.
- After 2-3 weeks drain the apple pieces and sediments off and put the liquid back in the same jar and cover it with the same cloth. Let your brew get fermented for at least 4-6 weeks. Don’t forget to stir the brew with a plastic, wooden or ceramic spoon every once in a while.
- When you find little bubbles on your apples and in the brew later on, that leads to the formation of a white layer of froth that means your ACV is good to consume. But wait until you find the dark layer of “the mother” which ensures that your ACV is totally healthy.
Finally, you can start using your home-made ACV! Don’t worry if you don’t get it right because you can always buy a bottle of Bragg’s ACV.