I LOVE it when I can work in my kitchen preparing one thing…and have numerous other things going on at the same time. This one utilizes scraps from ‘other things going on.’
Apples or other tart fruit scraps
1 cup honey per gallon of water
Open glass or crock container
Towels or cloth for covering
Chop apples into chunks (or use scraps from pie making)
Add honey – stir to mix well
Cover with towels (the towels are to keep out fruit flies *see fruit fly trap below) or use a rubber band to tightly tie down a cloth around the opening of the container.
Place in dark spot on counter or in pantry for a month or more…taste occasionally till it’s reached the desired strength
Note: a white ‘fermenting’ scum will appear on the top [this is normal]…scoop it off if you wish…or scoot it aside for taste testing
Strain out fruit
Put liquid in a glass jar with a lid
I experimented with different sugars; concluding that I like honey the best. I tried different sitting times; deducing that a stronger taste will result from a longer sit – but also that the type of fruit used, air temperature, and the time of year that you make it will also have an effect. Which boils it down to – the taste will tell you when it’s done.
Fruit Fly Trap – In an open dish on your counter, place vinegar, liquid dish soap and a piece of fruit that sticks up over the liquid
From The White House Cookbook 1887 – Digitized – Michigan State University Library
“Apple Vinegar (economical and good)
Have an earthen jar ready for use. Into this put your apple peelings and cores if good. Cover generously with water. Cover the jar tight, and let stand in cool place. Every day parings may be added, putting on more water each time. When cold tea is left, pour into this jar and also add molasses to the proportion of a cup to a gallon of water. In the course of two or three weeks you will have an excellent vinegar made of nothing. When ready to use, strain through cheese cloth and stand away. This has been tried with good results, and with a little thought economical housekeepers can make enough in one summer to last all winter. ”
Apple Vinegar from Peels and Cores – Mother Earth News
How to Make Homemade Vinegar – Mother Earth News
Creating Homemade Fruit Vinegars – Mother Earth News
This one really reminds me of Bushia and “the big room” and big family dinners at holiday times. Pickled beets were very festive with their deep red color and tangy taste.
The big room! I remember it being long and narrow; dimly lit with two long rows of twin metal framed beds along each wall. They seemed to go on forever….were there twenty beds? Why were they there? …I don’t ever remember contemplating that question in my 5 year old brain. I only remember the slightly dusty smell, the crinkly linoleum in the back bathroom, Jaja’s dark, cave-like gardening work room at the very end…and jumping on all those beds!! Was it Jon or Peggy jumping with me?
The beds were mostly for the duck hunters. Busia and Jaja would rent the room out during hunting season.
Your Dad, you and I lived in the big room for about 6 months or maybe a year when we were traveling back and forth from Colusa to Cottage Grove, Oregon every 2 weeks. You had your 1st Birthday in their house.