Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vinegar brewing at home

I'm tidying up and around my dining table is too much clutter. It's not really clutter but large buckets of flour, and sugar. Then there is my vinegar vat, that I made a few months back....I had been carting around these bottles of wine for at least 20 years...no idea why, except to remember good times of younger years. Finding a post on Rhonda's blog, about making vinegar at home; I decided to give it a go.

Today I checked on my vinegar vat, and noticed it had made an excellent 'mother'. On closer inspection it had made 3 'mothers'. Wonderful!!!! I also noticed that there had been a lot of evaporation in the vat. So maintenance is required today for the vinegar.

Here is a photo of the vinegar 'mothers' from the vat. Two were sunken, and one was floating.

I have cut the 'mothers' into 4....so I have plenty to share. If you would like one I am sure I could send one in the mail...Australia only though.

I also set up and  started my own Apple Cider Vinegar, by adding a 'mother' to two jars, adding half a bottle of Store bought Apple Cider Vinegar to each jar, then topping them up with filtered water. All you need to do now is cover them with a cloth and wait for the magic to happen. Once your vinegar makes a mother you can expand yours too.

Do you make vinegar at home? Or would you like to have a go at making vinegar at home....if you have any old bottles of wine, now you know what you can do with them. 

I am also going to try making Pineapple Vinegar from Rhonda's blog and you can click on the link here: Making Pineapple Vinegar with Rhonda


  1. Narelle, do you still have a mother to share? I would love to try and make my own vinegar but have searched the shops down here and can't seem to find a mother in any bottles.

  2. Hi Nellymary I am hoping you can help me. I have a bottle of Balsamic vinegar that I thought had about 1/4 left. Turns out that most of it was a big lump of ??? mother I would guess. It is inside a vinegar bottle so can I break it up and shake it out? Then what do I do? Also how do you get all you great photo tags on the side bars like the one for the council? You have a great blog and really inspire me to try new things. You can email me with any info if you have time feebegood@hotmail.com

  3. Sue; I'm sorry, I don't have any mother at the moment, I'm so sorry I missed your comment.....

    Fiona: As far as I know, you most certainly can make more vinegar with your mother....just add it to a large mouthed jar and top it up with a red wine...cover with a fine mesh cloth, and leave somewhere warm....it may take a good few months, but you shall get vinegar....It will be worth the wait.
    The photo's on the side...Using the council as an example....I went to the council website, and then right click on the photo you want.....save it to your pc, and name it 'council button for my blog'...or something similar....remember where you save it....then back to your own blog..go into the design settings for your blog..and choose a setup that gives you a side column.....while in the design area...click in the column and choose 'add a gadget'....a new window will pop up, and scroll down to select a picture gadget.....in the next window you get to choose a picture from your pc.....the one you saved....add a title..then to add a link to the picture....go to the web page you want to link up to...and select and copy the web address up the top....now back in the design window where you just added a title to the photo...right click on the 'link' and select 'paste'..this will then include a clickable link on that photo..on your blog....after you have done all this, you then have the opportunity to move the photo around your blog, using the design feature.

    Hope that helps...any other questions, don't hesitate to ask....drop me an email any time.
    Thanks Fiona for such a wonderful compliment to my blog...I'm enjoying reading your recipes...and checking out your garden...I love the no dig gardens...brilliant.


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