Fortunately, with just a few simple ingredients, it is possible to make your own healthy vinegar.
Homemade Healthy Vinegar
Homemade vinegar can be made in a few ways. Yeasts eat sugars in liquids, forming an alcoholic beverage. Acetobacter bacteria then transform the alcohol into acetic acid, resulting in vinegar. Grain alcohol, wine, and even fruit juices and even tea can be made into vinegar, with just one added ingredient- a mother of vinegar.
Like a kombucha mushroom, a mother of vinegar is a "blob" made from a symbiotic culture of specific strains of bacteria and yeast, which transforms carbohydrates into a healthful liquid.
Getting your hands on a mother of vinegar may be hard to do, but as long as you've got a source of unpasteurized vinegar (like Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar), just add a few tablespoons of that to your liquid, cover with a breathable material, and let sit for 2 or 3 weeks.
In no time whatsoever, you will have healthy vinegar on your hands!
To make this, use whatever kitchen scraps you have to make a juice.
Apple cores leftover from making apple cider can be ground in your food processor and mixed with some water and Bragg's to make your own apple cider vinegar.
The same can be done with pear cores, or even with carrot peels in water. So long as it's sweet, it can be made into vinegar! Of course, you can also use wine, but you will have wasted a good usable thing when you could have made your own vinegar much more cheaply.
On the other hand, if, like myself, you're living in a place where getting live cultures like Bragg's is impossible due to health regulation laws, don't despair!
You can make your own vinegar, just by letting your kombucha sit longer! Seriously, try it!
I've added extra sugar and let my kombucha sit for a while. The less kombucha you have in relation to kombucha mushrooms, the faster it'll turn to vinegar. When I leave just a cup of tasty and sweet kombucha in a jar, in about 3 days it becomes vinegar, even with no mushroom inside. When I have a large jar and add 2 or three mushrooms, it'll become vinegar also pretty quickly.
I just made a salad dressing with my homemade kombucha vinegar. It was so tasty and delicious! I don't think I'll ever buy adulterated synthetic vinegar ever again!
Have you ever made vinegar before? Would you ever make it? Do you use synthetic vinegar or just the healthful kind? What do you use vinegar for in your home?