How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar

Are you curious about how to make apple vinegar at home? Like red wine vinegar, the process is simple and can be inexpensive to make. An added bonus is that home made or apple cider organic vinegar tastes a whole lot better. You will only need a few ingredients to make the best apple cider vinegar. However, patience is an ingredient you will have to bring to the table as well. The fermenting process takes time but is well worth the wait.

Apple vinegar dressing can be made from apple cider vinegar. The cider is made from whole apples or apple scraps, peels and cores. It is best to chose one method to work with. For whole apples, the process takes a bit longer about 7 months. First you will need:

  • 10 whole apples
  • 2 large bowls
  • Cheesecloth
  • Coffee filters

Begin by washing and cutting the apples into quarter size pieces. Then let the apples oxidize, let the apples sit until they turn brown, and add them to the large bowl. Next add water to the bowl and place the cheesecloth over to blow to cover. Leave the bowl in a dark place to ferment for 6 months. Make sure to place the bowl somewhere that is dark and warm, like in your kitchen pantry.

Once the six months are up, you can now drain the vinegar. The gray film over the liquid is normal but you want to make sure to strain the liquid through some layers of coffee filters. Strain the vinegar into another large bowl and let it sit for another month. Cover this bowl with the cheesecloth as well. After the month is up, viola you have made your own apple cider vinegar.

For the alternative of making your vinegar with apple scraps, peels and cores the process is similar but is much quicker. You may opt for this method instead. Plus you can peel and eat the apples the first and then use the scraps, peels and cores to make your own vinegar. By using scraps you can make apple cider vinegar in two months rather than seven months, as with whole apples. For this process you will need:

Apple scraps, peels and cores
1 large bowl

Begin by leaving the scraps to turn brown and then placing the scraps in the bowl covered by water and place the cheesecloth over the bowl. Place the jar in a warm dark spot to sit for a month. After a months time try tasting the vinegar, if it is to your liking then strain the liquid, bottle it and enjoy.