Don’t throw those apple scraps away! You can make apple cider vinegar at home and it’s super simple.
I love fall. Apple picking, pumpkin patches and baking. LOT’S of baking! We use a ton of apples in the fall and I can’t believe I have been composting my apple scraps all these years…what a waste! If I only knew before how easy it is to make apple cider vinegar at home. It’s essentially free too!
It makes zero sense to throw away your apple scraps, then go to the store and buy apple cider vinegar! But, maybe you’re like me and you just had NO clue how easy this stuff is to make.
Seriously, all you do is dump your apple scraps into a clean half gallon jar. pour in a half cup of store bought (or previously made) apple cider vinegar with the mother (you want the brown floaties in your vinegar, those are the live beneficial bacteria. You don’t want the filtered kind you can also get at the store.) Then fill your jar with clean filtered water. That’s it!
Do I have to use filtered water?
If you are on city water you definitely want to use filtered or distilled water for any of your ferments otherwise the chlorine in the water will kill all of the beneficial bacteria we need to properly ferment.
But if you, like us, are on well water and your water tests well and pure then by all means just use tap water! That’s what we do.
What do I need?
For fermenting all you really need are clean mason jars, and a piece of cloth to cover your jar while your food ferments so that fruit flies and other bugs can’t get to it. I really like to use these silicone fermenting tops, that way if my ferment bubbles over its not getting my cloth soaking wet which attracts the bugs all the more. Plus these come with my favorite glass fermenting weights.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
- Helpful equipment: mason jars, fermenting lids
- 4-6 cups apple scraps
- 1/2 gallon filtered water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- Add all ingredients to a half gallon jar.
- Cover with fermenting top or cloth and allow to ferment on counter for 1-3 weeks.
- Place wire mesh colander over a bowl to filter apple scraps out then pour apple cider vinegar into jars.
- Store in a cool dark place.