Dec 20, 2002, 10:05 PM
Post #12 of 15
Tepache -- the mixture which keeps on giving. After the second day, it's a refreshing beverage. A week or so later, it's a fermented beverage (just add some sugar and more water). And finally, it's vinegar.
Re: [esperanza] What is "Tepache?"
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And since someone's gonna ask, here's the recipe:
1. Get a large glass jar.
2. Chop up a large, mature pineapple, rind and all.
3. Place the chopped pineapple, with a cone and a half of pilloncillo, and about 3 cups of water in the jar.
4. Cover the jar with clean dishtowel or piece of cheesecloth, and place it in a warm, dark cupboard near the stove.
After the first 36-48 hours, drain some of the liquid and use it as the base for an agua, adding water and sugar to taste.
After the second week, it's sort of scary to observe. Try not to look at it when you drain off some of the liquid. Using it as a concentrate to mix with water and a little sugar, it's the most refreshing drink.
And in case you're wondering what's become of your culinary science experiment, you've just grown: Bacillus subtilis, B. graveolus and the yeasts, Torulopsis insconspicna, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida queretana.