There are so many uses for fall apples. These are the ones that make the best juice, best cider, best pie and applesauce. Because there is more sugar content in fall apples these are the ones that are used to make apple cider vinegar. Really the whole cycle is about what to do with the apples you aren't going to store. You grind up the bruised ones, make juice, then cider and probably in the old days applecider vinegar from cider gone wrong.
Vinegar can be used for almost everything and stores forever.
So where to start?.. I start with harvest. So I have put a little picture of a press you can buy. Mine is large, antique and runs with a motor so it saves a lot of time. Here are the steps.
- Harvest fall apples
- Grind the ones that aren't going to market
- Press and you get great apple juice which you have to drink fairly quickly and refridgerate.
- You can make applesauce from the pulp
- You get cider from letting juice sit at room temp. Stir it every day and let it be under a cheese cloth so it has air. You have to stop the fermentation before it goes to vinegar (more on making cider another day)
- If you don't stop the fermentation you get vinegar in about 2 months.
- You have to make vinegar in non metal containers that you stir daily and cover with cheese cloth so it has air.
- When you get a vinegar smell you filter it really well though several cheese cloth layers to get out the mother vinegar. The mother vinegar (bacteria) causes the fermentation and will eventually make it go bad. You can stop here and it should last in a jar with a lid.
- And to really stop it from fermenting further heat it and put it in a sealed container. You can use a water bath.
You can use Vinegar for
- Weed killer (i use all the strained out bits around my trees)
- You can make clabber with it
- and a zillion other things that I will write about later.
More later... we are harvesting! But I think Apples provide one of the best fruits that make products and food naturally that every prepper needs.