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You won’t believe how easy it is to make homemade apple cider vinegar from apple scraps. It’s so good for you, and it costs less than a penny per tablespoon.
I love turning trash into treasure, and this apple cider vinegar recipe is an example of that. When I recently read that you can make your own vinegar from apple scraps, I knew I wanted to try it.
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses, including salad dressing and turning milk into buttermilk. Some people swear by it as a digestive aid, a skin care product, and a hair conditioner (see this Apple Cider Vinegar book). It costs next to nothing to make, and it doesn’t require any work. If you can make a spot for the jar on your counter, you can make this recipe.
Apple scraps soaking in honey water
The bubbles show the fermentation process after one week.
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Process
To make your own apple cider vinegar, submerge apple scraps in water and mix in a little sugar or honey. The mixture will sit at room temperature for couple weeks to get the process started.
After a few weeks, the scraps get strained out and the vinegar sits at room temperature for at least another month. Eventually, it will begin to taste like the ACV you can buy at the store.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cores and peels from 6-8 apples ideally organic
- 2 tbs honey or sugar
- Water to cover
- Cover the scraps with water and stir in the honey or sugar.
- Place a paper towel on top of the jar, and secure it with a band.
- Let the mixture soak for 2 weeks at room temperature (I use the back of a cabinet shelf), and then strain out the liquid. Discard the solids.
- Return the liquid to the jar and cover it again with a paper towel and band. Leave it for 4 more weeks, stirring daily.
- Taste it and see if it has the acidity you would like. If it does, transfer it to a covered bottle for storage. If not, leave it in the wide-mouthed jar for a little while longer, checking every few days.
Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe Price Breakdown
I don’t assign a price to water in my recipes, and since apple scraps are usually discarded, this vinegar costs just $.30 to make, or $.10 a cup. That’s less than a penny per tablespoon. It’s a wonderful flavor on salad and a helpful digestive aid.
Check out my homemade coconut milk for another great affordable DIY recipe!