Kaki Vinegar, Bottled-up (catching up from April 21, 2021)
Kaki (persimmons) are all around us here in Okayama so we end up with bushels > I’m finding every which way to use: from jam to dried to pickled/lacto-fermented and specifically today, vinegar.
While getting the kitchen ready for construction, so… figured should bottle the batch started last year.
Started by stashing a bunch of chopped up, unwashed persimmons in a big glass jar with “the mother” from some apple cider vinegar￼￼ – weighed down with rocks to keep submerged – last year in November (as seen on label above).
Then tied on a piece of cheese cloth for natural airflow and stashed in an ambient-temp dark place.
So first, strained and drained and squeezed > funnelled into bottles.
Leftover fruit into compost (much to the delight of the creatures).
The “mother” is now a huge gelatinous mass which will start future batches.
Initial taste is very pleasant > will start with some salad dressings or use for a tonic and…
But first labels: i usually use much cuter Japanese stationery tape but this time was in a pinch 😉 basic masking tape in re-used vinegar bottles.