Apple cider vinegar, or simply cider vinegar, is made by fermenting the juice of apples. There are many benefits to Apple Cider Vinegar, so let’s find out how to prepare it. First, the apples are crushed to squeeze out the juice. Bacteria and yeast are added to the juice to start the fermentation process. During fermentation, the sugars are converted to alcohol. This is followed by a second fermentation in which acetic acid-forming bacteria (Acetobacter species) convert the alcohol into vinegar. Without the second fermentation, you’d have the alcoholic beverage, apple cider.
Apple cider vinegar has many benefits and a myriad of uses, including food preparation. Here are just a few.
1. Mix up a non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner.
Just mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar with one part water, filter that into a spray bottle, and get to work.
2. Stamp out the smell in any room.
Pour some Apple Cider Vinegar into a shallow bowl and place it where the odour is strongest. Leave it out for as long as it takes for the smell to dissipate. This is great to knock out smoky smells in particular.
3. Make your garden grow—without a single weed.
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as fertiliser (particularly on plants that love acids, like blueberry bushes) and also as a weed killer. Pour directly on weed infested areas, and mix 295 mls of Apple Cider Vinegar (with a five percent acidity) with 38 litres of water to fertilise soil.