Apple cider vinegar is so good for you, and you wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make homemade apple cider vinegar from apple scraps. This recipe is a fun science experiment to try with the kids.
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 vinegar.
Here’s a short video showing the simple process of making apple cider vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar
$.01 per serving
- 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 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!