I took this photo with my phone. Not in focus....
I tried my hand at making apple cider vinegar. Truthfully it would have worked but for one small detail that I didn't do. You see, to make apple cider vinegar, you take some apples,(duh) or apple peels and cores, put them in a non-reactive container. I used my new fancy, dancy fermenting crock. You cover the peelings and cores with water, stir it around once a day for three days, and then let the concoction sit for about three months. Waa Laa, apple cider vinegar. Just strain and put into containers.
Sounds easy right? Well, I left out one small detail. When you put the apples and water into the container, you have to cover it well with a tea towel. Then put a rubber band around it so that fruit flies wouldn't get in. Yep, forgot the rubber band part. I went and checked on my apple cider vinegar about two months into the process and YEEEEEEWWWW. A swarm of fruit flies flew into my face. Also, inside the container was a gazillion baby fruit fly maggots. Double ewwwwwwww!
Well, I went and dumped the mess over the hill because it wasn't going to do me any good. When I came back into the house, you could hardly breath because of all the fruit flies flying around. It would have made a great horror film. Death By Flies. Anyway, now I had to come up with a way to get rid of all those stupid flies, and I think I did a really good job.
I took a mason jar and put a couple inches of apple cider vinegar in it. I knew those flies loved that stuff. Then I made a funnel that fit down into the jar and came just above the vinegar. The dumb little flies could get in, but they couldn't get out. I bet I had hundreds of those little suckers in that jar in less than and half an hour. No more breathing flies!
I may have failed at making the vinegar, but I sure did make a nice fly trap. I guess you win some and ya lose some.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, fly catcher.