DIY Scrappy Apple Cider Vinegar :
Apple cider vinegar is full of beneficial properties. Most significantly if it’s raw, organic, unpasteurised and unfiltered. Unfiltered means it is bottled with the “mother”- a cloudy residue that sits at the bottom of the bottle. Apple cider vinegar, or ACV as it’s commonly referred to, comes packed with with health-enhancing enzymes, amino acids and minerals. When taken daily it regulated the body’s PH and is said to contribute to weight loss. It cleans up lactic acid, which can accumulate in the body and be a common cause of fatigue. ACV, with the help of its potassium and enzymes provides a much needed energy boost when reserves are low. Quite the wonder food. Several years ago I used to take a tablespoon every morning together with a tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water. I did this for a number of months and the most (pleasantly) surprising outcome was silky soft skin.
ACV can, in fact, be made in the comfort of your own home. All you need are the apple scraps from your baking – cores and peelings, a container of sorts and a degree of patience. Really, it’s that simple. After the bountiful apple harvest we’ve enjoyed this autumn it’s the perfect homesteading project for the season. If you don’t have your own apple trees, your neighbours might be keen to offload some of their bumper crop. Alternatively you may source some Irish grown fruit at your local farmers’ market. Search though our Simple Food Pledge listing to find members that grow apples in your locality. They’ll be deliciously fresh, wholesome and of course, grown without the addition of any synthetic chemicals.