I believe it was the book "Preserving with Honey" that really made me think that I might actually be able to make vinegar. The book (if I am remembering the right title- it was from the library and I no longer have it) made vinegar making sound pretty simple. Then I read in Carla Emery's book "The Encyclopedia of Country Living" about it as well. Reading there also made the process sound pretty simple but then Carla said that she had never actually been able to successfully make it. So... maybe it will work, maybe it won't. I don't know yet.
Here is what I did so far:
- I took some crab apples and apple cores and covered them with water and heated them on the stove.
- I then strained out the juice and placed it in a glass bottle. I used dark ones if possible but then I also used clear ones when I ran out of the other.
- Then I covered them with some cotton fabric to allow the air in but to keep the bugs out (and I will add that the fruit flies are quite attracted to this process!).
- I then put them in a cool and fairly dark place (a shelf in my pantry) where they will get to sit for the next 4-6 months.
Here is some more information that I have found on vinegar:
- How to make it by Nature Moms
- Vinegar making from TLC
- Another How-to from Hub pages
- Interesting instructions on making many types of vinegar from Countryside.
- Using Vinegar for your health at Web MD.
- 131 uses for Vinegar.