Oct 122016

Making Apple Cider Vinegar is pretty easy. It can be made from apple scraps, whole apples cut into pieces, or even from unpasteurized cider (which you can make yourself).

When using apples, you will be filling sugared water into glass jars that have been filled with apple scraps or chunks.

So you will need

  • A GLASS JAR (You might want to sterilize but not sure if it is necessary or even helpful.
  • APPLE CHUNKS OR APPLE SCRAPS (well wash your apples before peeling or even better use organic)
  • SUGAR WATER (1 TABLESPOON PER CUP WATER). You might want to use distilled water or filtered water for fewer minerals etc.

Fill glass Jar with apple chunks and/or scraps (peels and cores) to 3/4 full.

Pour in sugar water until apple pieces until covered, you might want to leave a little room at top of jar.

Cover loosely with a piece of fabric or a coffee filter secured with a rubber band.

<y Apple Cider Vinegar Lotion

Set in Warm, Dark Place for about 2 weeks.

You can stir every few days if you want. If any ugly scum appears just scrape off.

After about two weeks, strain out liquid.

It won’t be vinegar yet.  Just set aside for another 2 to 4 weeks until it smells like vinegar. Keep in mind that unless you can test it’s acidity to make sure it is at 5%, you shouldn’t use it for preserving.

Jill Winger from www.theprairiehomestead.com writes:

“If a gelatinous blob develops on the top of your vinegar, congratulations! You have created a vinegar “mother”. This mother can be use to jump-start future vinegar batches. You can remove it and store it separately, but I usually just allow mine to float around in the vinegar as I store it.”

Jill has more tips on her website: Check it out….

One Green Planet has a more in-depth article on making ACV as well.  Check it out here…

Aug 012013

I like to have mint. Okay, I admit it, I dream of being able to mix up a Mint Julip whenever I want.

Problem is, the green caterpillers here in San Diego, decimate my mint within a few days.  ! tablespoon Neem Oil, a liter of Water, a generous squirt of dish soap or Dr Bronners. Maybe a pinch of Borax to keep it mixed up a bit if you want and that’s it. Spray on plants.  Neem won’t kill flying bugs, just bugs that eat where your sprayed.   Awesome!

Oh, and by the way, this was the only natural bug repellent that ever worked so well and I’ve tried some doozies!

Aug 012013

I make my own products and use a lot of oils. Which means I spill a lot of oils. On the floor.  Oils are a big challenge for me to clean. I don’t want to put them down the drain of course but if I use paper towels, it seems a waste and a lot of trees dying unnecessarily just to soak up oil and get thrown out.

I happen to have Coconut Husk for one of my scrub and as an additive to one of my soaps (African Black Soap)  and while researching I heard how well it soaks up oil. So I threw some down, rubbed it around and swept it up. And viola!  Floor that was not slippy with oils.

Now, I happen to notice that Petco sells coconut husk for reptiles called “Zoo Med Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber Substrate” so I bought some of this and tried it on the floors. Perfect! Nw most people won’t have the same need of it that I do, but if you are looking for a way to soak up oils, you might want to try a little of this stuff.

Although oils aren’t supposed to go into compost, I’m pretty sure a worm compost would work with this pretty darned well.

Online it costs ten dollars but it’s pretty big and it soaks up a lot of oil.

Hope this post helps someone!


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