The Vinegar Diaries: Day 38 – Disk’o MOM

Has MOM morphed into a new life form, or is this just another side of MOM? Like the flip side, because I can actually flip this disk right over with my fingers, it’s that thick. I cautiously tasted the fluid, and we’re very close to full-strength vinegar, so I’m wondering if I should just decant and call it a day…or rather call it a bottle of vinegar.

Twenty-Five Days and a Clean Drain

Revoir, adieu, arrivederci, à bientôt. The lemon juice experiment was a total bust, so goodbye my lemon love. Well, love is laying it on a bit thick, I reckon. I always suspected that this method, which looked so promising in the “How-To” video, was proof again that you can’t believe what you read on the…

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 30 – L’Air du Teenage Boy’s Bedroom

My neighbour, we’ll call her Ann, popped in for a chat the other day. She and I have a lot in common, but foremost we both have sons in the navy. Mums are often the forgotten female in this scenario, wives usually being considered first when their husbands go off to sea in some highly dangerous…

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 24 – Mother o’Mitchdafish (aka: MOM)

There’s nothing like sharing one’s mother. Mitchdafish was the first of our vinegarees to conjure up a Mother of Vinegar from thin air, the air being where these acetobacter alcohol-swilling-bacteria are floating, and apparently if you’re very lucky and your karma is sutra’ed – no, that’s not right – if your karma is straight, then some of those…

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 19 – The Mitchdafish Method

There’s no doubt that my fizzed-out apple cider stuff is sour but I’m not convinced that it’s actually vinegar. It never had a Mother who’s supposed to sprawl across the top of the jug and gobble up alcohol like a well practised lush. And a miniscule sip revealed an apple flavour but not nearly as…

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 4 – Lemon Twist Vinegar

It’s the fourth day, and I see cirrus-like clouds of something suspended in the liquid. Is the Mother forming? Just one more day, and then we add some more strained lemon juice and an equal amount of water. Then it gets a few vigorous shakes so everything is mixed thoroughly.

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 1 – Lemon Twist Vinegar

I’ve tried something that may turn into nothing at all. I saw a video on eHow’s website that caught my imagination, and since I always have large bags of lemons on hand, I thought why not give it a try. They claim that you can make vinegar by squeezing a lemon through a sieve into…

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 15 – Are You My Mother?

When I was a little girl this was one of my favourite books, “Are You My Mother?” Nowadays I stare into a cheap plastic jug at a noticeably less bubbly substance that’s still apple cider. There’s an unmistakable accumulation of white stuff on the surface. And again I’m asking, Are you my mother?” – Mother…

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 9 and 10

And so came the day when the apples parted company with the cider. Woo-hoo onto thee. And all was well with the world until the wasps descended like a plague on the compost pile where I’d chucked the apples. I ran. Tootle-do. Revoir. Bonsoir.

I was told by the Vinegar Oracle to relax and enjoy this process. I’m trying. But one shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that I’m creating something here, life I think. Not sure about that though. I am clear on one fact: I’m a creator. Sedrick will attest to that.

The Vinegar Diaries: Day 8

Yesterday I tasted my fizzing apple … erm … stuff, and I was left in a quandary. At this stage I have no clue what to call this stuff that I’m brewing because it’s neither vinegar nor proper cider nor wine. It’s not coffee or tea or water or lemonade, and it’s certainly not salad…