How To: Make Apple Cider Vinegar

We are all about reducing the amount of waste in our home.  As fall rolls through we use a lot of apples and when baking and making homemade applesauce and such the peels and cores would normally end up in the trash.

That is what made us decide to make apple cider vinegar ourselves. The seeds can be added to bird feed and the stems are all that is left for the compost. How is that for reducing waste?

How do you make Apple Cider Vinegar from your apple scraps?How to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar

If you are cooking a lot of apples like we are and you want to get the most out of your apple scraps grab a large jar and make a batch of apple cider vinegar with your apple scraps instead of tossing them into the compost bin. When you strain it you can still toss the leftovers right into the compost for amazing soil.

The process to make apple cider vinegar is really very simple.

:: Place your scraps in a bowl while you are cutting up apples for any other project you are doing.

:: Let those scraps turn brown. This aids in the fermenting process.

:: While cleaning up your kitchen dump the apple scraps into a glass jar and add water. The lesson learned here leave some headroom as it ferments the level will rise.

:: Cover with cheesecloth or a flour sack towel like I did. Tie a string around the rim to keep it on. This will keep bugs and dust out of your vinegar

:: Place in a warm dark shelf. (above your fridge or stove should be warm cabinets do to heat let off from that appliance.

:: You can go back and add more scraps until the jar is filled most of the way up don’t waste space right?

:: Mark your calendar for one month. When you go back you will find the apples have fermented into Apple cider vinegar.

:: You will find this has a bit of sediment in it. This is called the Mother and is amazing for your health. You can strain and cook with the mother or use it to give your next a boost when you make apple cider vinegar.

Have Apple Scraps? Try making your own Apple Cider Vinegar

Make Apple Cider Vinegar to use in many ways in your home.

Apple cider vinegar is a bit expensive these days and to get a bottle with the mother in it, you are looking at over $7 a bottle.  Apple cider vinegar has many benefits for your health and can be used to make your own cleaners. Making your own from scraps can save a whole lot of money in the long run, give it a try you won’t regret it. Apple Cider Vinegar has so many uses making it more than worth the time to make your own.

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  • delia says:

    Just one question……you don’t use a starter culture at all? Like a little vinegar with mother?
    Thanks for your time.

    • Jenn says:

      No need just lett the brown before putting them into the jar. The mother wi form right there in the jar. Note that the Mother is great for your health so toss it into your next smoothie.

  • FitTriangleMom says:

    I use apple cider vinegar a lot. Great to know I can make it at home. Stopping by from Small Victories Sunday.

  • SO SIMPLE!!! I love it! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday 🙂 Feel free to bring a friend or two!

  • The Mad Mommy says:

    This is so good to know! I am definitely going to try this! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  • Robin says:

    I know this is an older post but should it have mold on top?! Mine has some and that’s a little scary!

    • Jenn says:

      That is not mold but the mother forming. You can skim it off the top if it makes you feel better before using it can be a bit gross. Vinegar actually kills mold 🙂 Now if you are 100% sure mold has formed smell your vinegar it may have not stayed at the right temperature and will not smell like vinegar.

  • Rachelle says:

    How long will this keep? Can you use like a canning process if you make more than one glass full?

    • Simple At Home says:

      This keeps like the standard bottle of braggs.