Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar
Make your own homemade apple cider vinegar with this easy tutorial! Avoid wasting apple scraps and use them in this simple recipe for ACV.
- Author: Tiffany
- Prep Time: 6 weeks
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 6 weeks
- Yield: 32 oz 1x
- Category: Kitchen Hacks/Tutorials
- Method: Fermentation
- Cuisine: American
- Apple peels, cores and any browning/discolored flesh from pesticide-free apples (approx 6 large apples)
- One quart jar like these (or whatever you have on hand)
- One canning lid ring OR a rubber band
- Coffee filter OR paper towel
- 2–2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar (I like Turbinado raw sugar)
- 2–2 1/2 cups water, boiled and allowed to cool
- Cover the bottom of your jar with apple scraps, filling no more than 3/4 full. The apples need room to expand and stay submerged.
- Add 2 Tbsp of granulated sugar and 2 cups of filtered water to the jar. The apples should be completely submerged. Mold can grow on any portions of apples that are not covered and ruin your batch of vinegar. If your scraps float to the top of the jar add a smaller jar on top to keep them submerged.
- Stir the apples, sugar, and water and cover with a coffee filter. Secure with a canning band, or a rubber band.
- Allow apples to sit in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Above the refrigerator or on the top shelf of a cupboard are great places. Just don’t forget you put it there!
- After 2 weeks, you might notice some fizz or bubbles. That’s good news! Strain out the apple pieces and compost. Cover the apple cider vinegar again with a coffee filter and canning band. Allow continuing to sit at room temperature for another 2-4 weeks.
- The vinegar may become cloudy or a SCOBY could form on the top, both of which are normal. Taste test the vinegar once a week until it’s to your liking. You can stop the fermentation process by replacing the coffee filter with a canning lid and storing it in the refrigerator.
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