How to make apple cider vinegar

Apple peeler, apple corer, apple cutter

My new passion is fermentation and all the goodness we can create with just a little time.  Our little apple tree has produced several bushels of organic apples (no spraying here!) and this year, while processing these golden green orbs into apple sauce, I realized that the peel/core palooza could be made into apple cider vinegar.  There are several sites that share variations of the same apple cider recipe and I liked this one best.

Basically, throw the apple leftovers into a  jar, the wider the mouth the better, add enough sugar/water to cover the peels (1/4 c sugar for every 1 quart of water), cover with a clean, breathable cloth, and leave at room temperature for a week to ferment.  I used a plate and weight, like what is done for sauerkraut, just to help keep all the leavings under cider vinegar, acv, homemade acv, crock

After a week, taste (should be appley sweet) and assuming this is the case (appley sweet) remove the peels/cores, and allow the liquid to ferment for another 2-3 weeks (stirring occasionally) until the vinegar taste is to your liking.  You may now transfer to clean containers for use.  Store in a cool, dry, dark  place.

Up until this moment of enlightenment, we have been using Braggs organic ACV; that will be no more once this is ready…or until it is all used up!  We had enough cores/peelings to fill a three gallon crock with more to be apples processed after this afternoons appointments.  I may need to use one the standby 2 gal crocks for more vinegar!

What’s fermenting in your kitchen?

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3 comments for “How to make apple cider vinegar

  1. Nina
    29 September, 2013 at 4:26 am

    with ACV at 2.99 or more per quart these days, this is awesome! Just don’t use it to can… from what I’ve heard, unless you can do a litmus test.

    • 29 September, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Ah, now I had not heard about the litmus test. . . will have to check up on that. Thank you for the heads up! Don’t want to burn anything.

  2. Nancy
    28 October, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    When I can apples, I follow directions to the T…yet they never fill the jar….just float at top of jar all mashed up. How do I get the jar to look full instead of half full of apples and half full of liquid? Please help. Thanks.