Quite often people stock up on vinegar for canning, cooking, cleaning, health benefits, and getting rid of bacteria. Most likely they store white distilled vinegar because it is easily available and cheap. A very long shelf life doesn’t hurt. People who use vinegar for cooking will also stock up on apple cider vinegar and maybe balsamic vinegar for their unique flavors.
Let’s face it, making anything from scratch is not as easy as plucking it off the grocery store shelves. Some people think products seem to be better when produced commercially and stacked on our grocery store shelves, but most things are better when made fresh at home. Unfortunately, many people don’t know they can make their own vinegar. Others think it’s too much work.
Not only can vinegar be made at home at no cost, but it can be higher quality and better flavored than commercially produced varieties. Those wonderful benefits aside, homemade vinegar can be made from a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains, or even just plain sugar can be used to make vinegar. This almost makes vinegar production a no-excuse homemade household item.
Making apple cider vinegar from the left over parts from making applesauce or apple pie works. When making vinegar, consider the flavor you want, that you will need to take time to stir it daily and that you might want to save your empty wine bottles. Making vinegar is one more way to use something that otherwise might go to waste.
Flavored vinegar has been all the rage in foodie circles, but for the prepper, it might be a way to keep a favorite flavor from loosing luster over time. Herbs and spices have a fairly short shelf life, even when properly stored. They gradually lose freshness and flavor from the day they are harvested until one day they are just a flavorless mess in a bottle. Homemade vinegar can be used for preserving flavors of herbs and spices for a much longer period of time.
Many people decide to make vinegar, find some instructions and get right to it. Others do quite a bit of research, read up on the subject and choose whether or not to use a starter, which ingredients to use, and determine the fermentation time by the flavor. While both people will end up with a usable product, the person who takes the time to fully understand the vinegar making process will most likely be happier with the end result.
If you’ve made home made vinegar, post your comments about your experience and offer advice.