Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is a staple in my house, and I like to use a good quality brand. I’ve been wondering if I could make the vinegar myself, which would be a great savings and use up some of the apples I had purchased from a local farm. I mean, you can only make so much pie, right? I did a lot of research and found a myriad of ways to make vinegar. I took bits and pieces of information from each source and did it my own way with great success!
Original Post: Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar
Serving Size: Makes Approx. 1 QT
Prep Time: 3 – 5 Weeks
- 6 Sweet Apples
- 2 T. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother
- 2 T. Raw Honey
- Chlorine-Free Water to Cover the Apples
- 2 QT Wide Mouth Glass Jar
- Cheesecloth or Coffee Filter
Cut 6 apples into about 12 pieces each, and place them in a 2 quart wide mouth glass jar. Add the raw honey, and the raw apple cider vinegar. Be sure to use a brand which contains the mother (the label will say so). Cover the apples with chlorine-free water, and cover the jar with cheesecloth, or a coffee filter. A rubber band will help to hold the cover in place.
Now place this in a warm place for 2 weeks. The top of the refrigerator is generally a good place since it throws heat. After 2 weeks, strain the liquid from the container into a glass canning jar. There should be almost a quart of liquid. Compost the apple solids or feed them to your chickens. Cover the jar again with the cheesecloth or coffee filter and return it to a warm spot.
Check the liquid about once a week by tasting a small amount – You’ll know when it’s vinegar. A white film called a SCOBY may form on the top, which is great. This is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. You may use the SCOBY to make a new batch of vinegar. Stop the fermentation by covering your jar with a lid and placing it in the refrigerator.
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