I am hoping this apple scrap vinegar from the Zero Waste Chef will be the switch we can make to get away from the containers.
I have been saving apple peelings and most recently apples that have not been eaten entirely by the kids. Just popped them into the freezer in a container. The large jar came from my Mother-in-law. Its the perfect size for this project. I was very much delayed in trying to make vinegar because I had no large container to use.
I started this project April 6th and it could take up to 2 weeks to finish, April 20th or so.
Recommended by Zero Waste Chef, I placed a cloth on top to let the oxygen in, otherwise I would have to open the cover periodically to let the gasses out. Don’t need an exploded jar! The cloth is held by an elastic band I am reusing from The Farmer’s Market.
For fruit fly season, my plan will be to have a separate dish next to this jar yo try and deter the flies there. If the fruit flies become to much to handle, then I may have to make this project throughout the winter and stick up then for the rest if the year. This vinegar should last a year, with periodic “burping” to let the gasses out. I will need another jar or two I think.
I will keep track how long I go through my next jug of vinegar to get a rough time frame and know how much I need to get by with homemade.
Day 1- Apple scraps + 1 Tbsp sugar + water to cover the apples (I think I put more than that, the apple scraps float, haha).
Day 2- Fizzy bubbles are present!
Day 3 and 4- no bubbles. Watching for mold now. Not sure what to expect. I did not let the water sit to for the chlorine to disapate (I did not think there is very much in our water). If this does not work out, I already have some apple cores stored for the next batch. An apple crisp would be delicious any day too! (For the apple peels).
Day 5- Fizzy bubbles are back like it was on day 2, fingers crossed
Day 6- More fizzy, yay!
For the next several days (April 13-20) stir once a day until bubbling has stopped.
Day 18– strained the liquid from the scraps. It smells more like alcohol than vinegar/apple cider vinegar.I did a little experiment. I’m not sure yet how to test for the acidity. I took a tsp of baking soda and poured a bit of my vinegar on it to see how much bubbling happens. It was minimal, but there was some. I did the same amount with 5% store bought vinegar, big difference. The Zero Waste Chef did say the homemade kind is weaker than store bought. I want to know how much though. She says the acidity will increase over time too.
More testing and time needed.