Friday 18 September 2015
Part 2 of 2
Apple Cider Vinegar continued from last night,
Once the apple bits turn brown pop into a wide mouth jar
add 3 tsp of sugar give a good stir and
cover the top with some kitchen paper or muslin held on with an elastic band, it needs to breath and you need to keep pesky flies out, pop it somewhere warm and dark to ferment for about 6 weeks write it on the calendar so you don't forget it.
Then strain the liquid discard the apple, return the liquid to the jar and re-cover and put back in its hidy hole stir every few days for the next 2-4 weeks, taste it weekly once it reaches and acidity level you like bottle it and start to use.
Next my Blackberry fruit mix, left for a couple of hours the peaches soaked up the liquid and plumped up
I popped some bottling jars in the oven to sterilise and the lids into some boiling water, brought the mixture back to the boil
filled the jars, see on the jar above air pockets you want to get rid of those
use a knife or a lid lifter if you have one and slide it down the sides getting rid of the air pockets, fill the jars leaving about an inch head space, wipe around the edges of the jar with a damp cloth, you want to get a good seal
pop on the lids into a large pan with a t-towel at the bottom, make sure the jars are not touching each other or the sides, fill with boiling water you want the jars covered by about an inch and boil for 25 mins.
Lift out the jars they will be hot that is a jar lifter in the picture, place the hot jars on a towel and leave to cool, there we go a fruit filling for pies, crumbles what ever takes your fancy and its not taking up freezer space and will keep for a couple of years. I buy in new jars to do this I never re-use jars with lids for bottling. They are OK for jams or chutneys but not bottling, new lid every time to get a good seal.
I had some of the mixture left over so I used it in an upside down chocolate cake
I used this recipe Chocolate upside down cake its egg and dairy free
I halved the ingredients
It looks great and smells great Martin will let me know if it is any good.
I have done my bread baking as well today, I am not really a cake maker so that's me all baked out for a while.