Apple cider vinegar is one of my absolute favorite natural products! And I must not be alone because this post I did in September on 28 Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar has been extremely popular. It’s been pinned more than 16,000 times!! I love to use ACV in homemade beauty products (like this toner,) for cleaning, or for an added boost of nutrition in lots of different recipes. You can even make homemade insect repellant & a natural remedy for dry, itchy skin using ACV!
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The next time you are making an apple pie or just have some apple scraps lying around….you might want to give it a try too!
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple peels and cores (any kind)
- Granulated Sugar
Put the cores and peels in a big jar. I used a 2-quart mason jar.
Pour in your sugar and water. You’ll want to use 1/4 cup sugar per 1 quart of water.
Don’t put a regular lid on the jar – the vinegar needs to breath. Instead, put a piece of cloth over the top of the jar and secure with a rubber band. Store in a dark cupboard for 4-6 weeks.
Pour the vinegar through a strainer to filter out the scraps. If it doesn’t turn out strong enough you can add more sweetener and ferment for another couple of weeks.
I just made my batch yesterday so I’ll report back in a month or so! I can’t wait to try my very own homemade Apple Cider Vinegar!
Here are a few more handy tips I found in the comments section on These Two Hands:
-You can also make vinegar with pear scraps.
-If you don’t want to use white sugar you can use raw vinegar or honey instead. However, Diana suggests using white sugar because it is more easily metabolized by the bacteria and will speed up the fermentation process. If you use honey, mix it with your water until it dissolves before pouring it into your jar.
-Another way to speed up the process is to add a tablespoon or two of raw vinegar as a culture infusion. It will be rich in vinegar bacteria and will help make sure it ends up tasting just right.
-If you don’t want to use up 6-8 apples all at once, try storing apples scraps in the freezer until you have enough to fill a jar.
-Add the scraps to your compost pile once the vinegar is done fermenting. Or, if you have chickens you can use them as feed!
-Make sure your apples are fully submerged in water to help keep mold from forming. If you do see brownish spots start to form, just skim them off the top. It’s most likely yeast growing on top. If you see black spots you’ll need to throw out your batch and start over.
What is your favorite way to use apple cider vinegar?
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
- Apple peels and cores any kind
- Granulated Sugar
Put the cores and peels in a big jar.
- Pour in your sugar and water. You'll want to use 1/4 cup sugar per 1 quart of water.
- Don't put a regular lid on the jar - the vinegar needs to breathe. Instead, put a piece of cloth over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber band.
- Store in a dark cupboard for 4-6 weeks.
- Pour the vinegar through a strainer to filter out the scraps. If it doesn't turn out strong enough you can add more sweetener and ferment for another couple of weeks.