How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar From Scratch

 Learn how to make apple cider vinegar with the mother.  I use apple cider vinegar for my hair, skin, chickens, and for cooking.  You can even save your apple peels to make apple scrap vinegar, so this is truly a free way to get ACV for your homestead.





How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar With the Mother


We have an apple orchard, so we have 100s if not 1000s of apples each year.  I use them in a lot of recipes, and now I'm going to teach you how to make apple cider vinegar from fresh apples.


I actually use the peels to make apple scrap vinegar.  I like to buy ACV with the mother, and it's more expensive than the jugs of ACV.  


However, when you learn how to make apple cider vinegar with the mother, it's free if you use apple scraps.


This diy apple cider vinegar does take a few weeks to make, but once you have the mother, the second batch won't take as long.


If you've wondered how do you make apple cider vinegar, keep reading.  I also have some tips and some ways to use it.


Many homesteaders use apple cider vinegar for their chickens.  Here are the best chicken breeds for kids and pets if you're thinking of getting chickens for your homestead.


You can also use your homemade apple cider vinegar as a natural insect repellent.   I also used it in my sweet pepper jelly canning recipe.


You can also use apple cider vinegar for your skin and hair.  Learn how to make a lilac infused toner for acne prone skin or how to make herbal apple cider vinegar hair rinse.





What are the Ingredients in Apple Cider Vinegar?


You will need apple peels, sugar, and filtered water to learn how to make apple cider vinegar from fresh apples.  


You will also need a quart jar to make apple scrap vinegar.  


How Long Does it Take for Apple Cider Vinegar to Make?


The actual time you'll spend learning how to make ACV at home is only about 5 minutes.  However, your DIY apple cider vinegar can take up to 8 weeks to finish.


Is Apple Scrap Vinegar the Same as Apple Cider Vinegar?


Yes, apple scrap vinegar is the same as apple cider vinegar.  I like using the scraps to reduce waste.  The peels work great, and it's a great way to learn how to make apple cider vinegar from fresh apples.





Can You Freeze Apple Scraps for Vinegar?


Yes, reserve peels and freeze them in a freezer bag until you have enough to make apple scrap vinegar.  I save them in reusable freezer bags.


Can You Use Bruised Apples for Vinegar?


Yes, you sure can!  If you have apples that aren't perfect, you can use them to learn how to make apple cider vinegar with the mother.


Can You Make Apple Cider Vinegar in a Plastic Bucket?


Yes, you can use a food grade plastic bucket to learn how to make apple cider vinegar from scratch.  You can use glass, wood, plastic, or enamel.  


Don't use metal, specifically aluminum, for DIY apple cider vinegar because the acid from the ACV can erode some types of metal.





What is the Mother in Apple Cider Vinegar?


If you're using ACV for its health benefits, you'll see recommendations to look for one with the Mother.  But what is the Mother?


As your DIY apple cider vinegar ferments, a scum will form on it.  This eventually turns into a slimy disk and is call the Mother.  This has the good bacteria in it, which is what you want when you use ACV.


You can leave the Mother your apple scrap vinegar or take it out and preserve it for your next batch.  As long as the Mother is store submerged, it will last forever.  


.Can I Make More Apple Cider Vinegar With the Mother?


Yes, you can use the Mother to make more apple scrap vinegar.  This helps speed up the process so it takes less time to make apple cider vinegar.


You can either use the Mother from your previous jar, add a few tablespoons of raw ACV with the Mother from the store, or use a Mother from a previous batch that you've stored separately.


To learn how to make apple cider vinegar with the mother, simply add a few tablespoons of the mother to your next batch.  It will ferment quicker, so keep an eye on it because it won't take as long to make.


Does Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Need to Be Refrigerated?


No, you do not need to refrigerate your DIY apple cider vinegar.  It can be stored in a glass jar on the shelf. 





DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Tips


Learning how to make apple cider vinegar with the mother is fairly easy, but here are some tips:


  • Don't use aluminum to make your apple scrap vinegar.  It can corrode some metals.
  • To make a larger batch, fill the jar about 3/4 full with apple scraps and cover with water. 
  • It's important that all of your apple scraps are covered with water.  Use a fermentation weight if desired.  
  • The sugar is essential to feed the yeast to make ACV.  You can use raw honey, but it will take longer.  All of the sugar is used by the yeast, so your ACV won't have sugar in it.
  • Make sure you start with a clean jar.  Your homemade apple cider vinegar will need some bacteria, but we only want the bacteria that naturally occurs and not any stray bacteria.
  • Apple cider vinegar will attract flies and gnats.  Always keep your jar covered while it sits.  However, you should use cheesecloth or even a coffee filter so the vinegar and release gasses.
  • You can add the Mother from store bought ACV or from a previous batch.  This will help speed up the process.
  • When your apple scrap vinegar is done, it will look and smell like ACV.  


DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Ingredients


To learn how to make apple cider vinegar with the mother, you will need:


  

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar From Fresh Apples


Step #1


Place the apple scraps in a quart jar.  It should fill the jar about 3/4 full.


Step #2


Add the sugar.  Cover the apple scraps with filtered water.  Make sure the apple scraps are all covered.





Step #3


Plae the lid on the jar and shake to mix the sugar, water, and apple peels.  Then remove the lid and place cheesecloth or a coffee filter on the jar.  Use the ring to secure the filter.





Step #4


Let your apple scrap vinegar sit for about 2 weeks at room temperature.


Step #5


Pour the apple scrap vinegar through a strainer, reserving the liquid.  Discard or compost the apple scraps.  Pour the liquid back in the mason jar.  Cover it with a coffee filter and use a canning ring to attach it.  Let sit for another 4 weeks.  Stir it every day.





Step #6


Once it smells and tastes like ACV, remove the coffee filter and add a mason jar lid.  


Now you know how to make ACV at home.  Store at room temperature.  This has the mother it is, so you may need to shake before using.





Apple cider vinegar is a great item for your emergency food supply.  I suggest printing this recipe and adding it to your binder to store so you can make it if access to the internet or there's a power outage.


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DIY Apple Cider Vinegar From Apple Peels and Scraps

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar From Apple Peels and Scraps

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32
Author
Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Prep time
5 Min
Total time
5 Min
How to make apple cider vinegar from scratch with apple peels.

Ingredients

  • Peels and cores from 8 apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups filtered water

Instructions

  1. Place the apple scraps in a quart jar. It should fill the jar about 3/4 full.
  2. Add the sugar. Cover the apple scraps with filtered water. Make sure the apple scraps are all covered.
  3. Plae the lid on the jar and shake to mix the sugar, water, and apple peels. Then remove the lid and place cheesecloth or a coffee filter on the jar. Use the ring to secure the filter.
  4. Let your apple scrap vinegar sit for about 2 weeks at room temperature.
  5. Pour the apple scrap vinegar through a strainer, reserving the liquid. Discard or compost the apple scraps. Pour the liquid back in the mason jar. Cover it with a coffee filter and use a canning ring to attach it. Let sit for another 4 weeks. Stir it every day.
  6. Once it smells and tastes like ACV, remove the coffee filter and add a mason jar lid.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

26.70

Fat (grams)

0.08

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.01

Carbs (grams)

7.07

Fiber (grams)

1.09

Net carbs

5.98

Sugar (grams)

5.51

Protein (grams)

0.12

Sodium (milligrams)

1.05

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

The sugar is eaten by the yeast, so the nutritional information will be off.

apple cider vinegar, apple scrap vinegar
drink
American
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