We have an apple tree with a lovely tale in our yard.
Unfortunately, the apples aren't the tastiest. They are sweet and tart but very mealy and sometimes mushy. I've tried baking with them, making apple sauce and juicing them and nothing turns out as I would like.
Yet, I hate to let an entire tree full of apples go to waste so I keep trying different things.
I've finally found something that works! I made apple cider vinegar! We've always used it a lot in cooking and now we'll never have to buy it again.
We've made wine vinegar for years so I don't know why it took me so long to come up with this idea, especially considering that we have an entire apple tree brimming with apples every autumn.
To make a long story short, I washed a bag of apples and cut them into chunks and put them in a very large glass jar. Then I added 12 cups of water and 3/4 cup of sugar.
Tied a cloth down over the opening of the jar and then let it sit in the dark closet. Each day I'd push down the apples into the water mixture. It started bubbling and smelling like alcohol after only three days. After nine days all of the apples had sunk down to the bottom.
So it was time to filter out the apple chunks.
After it was filtered, the glass jar was cleaned out and the strained liquid was poured back in. I covered it with cloth again and put it back in the closet and forgot about it. No stirring this time!
I started sampling it at four weeks but ours wasn't ready until the middle of the fifth week.
Then we removed the mother on top (and kept it for the next batch) and poured our liquid apple gold into jars!
I'm so thrilled with how this turned out, it is delicious and raw and from our own backyard!
If you want to make a batch, I highly recommend the detailed instructions on Entropy Kitchen which were the instructions I followed.