How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar
January 29, 2014
By Rebekkah Wilde
How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a versatile acid used in a wide range of household settings, from cooking to cleaning, and even in healthcare!

Making it at home is both cheap and easy, and you have complete quality control.

The method below uses the core and peel, leaving you to eat the delicious apple flesh - and only takes two months! You can collect your apple scraps over a couple of weeks so they're nice and brown for use. For the best quality, use organic apples from a reputable supplier.

What you will need:
  • A large bowl, jug or jar
  • A piece of cheesecloth or muslin to cover
  • Apple peels and cores
  • Filtered water

Leave the apple scraps out to brown, before adding a good handful to your bowl or jar. Fill to around ¾ with water. Ensure that there is enough room left to keep adding scraps. Over the course of a few days, continue to add small amounts of peel.

Meanwhile, store the mix in a warm, dark place, such as a hot water closet. Keep the jar covered with the cloth to keep out bugs and dust, but leave it loose enough that air can still circulate through the mix.

After a few days, you should notice the mixture start to thicken, and a grey foam start to form on top. Leave the mix, covered with the cloth, for at least a month. This will cause the liquid to ferment. The fermentation process creates alcohol (cider), and this is what turns the water into acidic vinegar.

You can start testing the mix after a month. When the strength and taste of the vinegar is to your liking, strain the mix into a jar to remove the apple peels. It is normal for apple cider vinegar to have a cloudy appearance, but you may opt to strain it through a clean coffee filter to remove the impurities that cause the cloudiness. This won't affect the quality either way.

Store your homemade apple cider vinegar in jars in the refrigerator to keep it fresh, and enjoy!

For more information on how to make apple cider vinegar, check out these other recipes.

To find out the many health benefits of apple cider vinegar, have a read of this article entitled 5 Great Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar.

Rebekkah Wilde is a freelance writer and editor, and the founder of Wilde Edit, an online editing company. You can contact Rebekkah through her company Facebook page or website.
"This method of making apple cider vinegar uses the core and peel, leaving you to eat the delicious apple flesh - and only takes 2 months!"