HOMEMADE VANILLA APPLE SAUCE:
The first thing we are going to make is vanilla apple sauce. When using raw vanilla, don’t throw away the pod once you have extracted the vanilla you need, there is so much more good stuff in there, and the pod itself is also really useful. You can add it to different sauces and purees, but today we are making a sweet and versatile apple sauce. Start by peeling 3-4 apples. Now cut the apples into smaller pieces, we are going to cook them so the smaller they are the faster it will go. Ff you like your apple sauce a little chunky you can make the pieces bigger, and if you like it more smooth, you can cut them smaller. The consistency I am going for is a nice middle ground btw. Now we are going to set the quote-on-quote waste aside and focus on the apples. Place the vanilla pod in a pot with the apples, then add about half a cup of water. Now we are going to stir the apples on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the apples are soft and saucy. It might look a little dry, but give it time, the water in the apples will be cooked out and improve the consistency. I love to slight mask the apple chunks to help the sauce get there, so before I do that I take the vanilla pod out of the pot. Now while everything is still hot, I add my sauce to a glass jar and let it cool off. Run the glass over hot water to temper it and prevent it from breaking btw. Now you have a nice, tasty, and anti-food waste vanilla apple sauce that you can use for baking, in smoothies, in deserts, or on its own as a snack. This is sort of a base recipe and if you want you can add more flavors, like caramel, brandy, licorice, or chili, depending on what you like and need it for.
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HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Now for the peels. There are several things you can do with apple peels, candy them, bake them, juice them, and obviously compost them, but today we’ll be making our own apple cider vinegar. Transfer the apple peels to a jar. I recommend using a tall jar for this, but of course, any jar will do, and add about half a cup of sugar. Now add filtered water. It is kind of important that the water is filtered because you really cannot make this work if there is calcium or other minerals in the water. Cover the apples completely. Now screw the lid on and give it a good shake. Take the lid off and replace it with a cloth. Now set the jar in a cool dark place and let it rest for 3-4 weeks. And bam your own homemade apple cider vinegar, in 3 to 4 weeks.
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