It’s easy, It tastes much better than the store and costs a fraction of the price!
You can use the scraps (core and peels) or you can use the actual apple pieces
I like to make something with the apples and then use the scraps to make the ACV that way I get 2 for 1!
Making the apple cider vinegar is a 2 step process
What you will need:
Apples or scrapes (you can do this with any fruit, I’ve also done strawberry scrapes and it was amazing!)
Start with a clean glass jar ½ gallon or gallon
Stir with a wooden spoon (don’t use metal)
Non chlorinated water
Breathable cloth to cover the lid (cheese cloth, coffee filter, I use those cloth dishtowels)
Something to secure the cloth like a rubber band
Organic Sugar (it’s 1 cup of sugar per gallon) so if you’re doing ½ gallon jar then ½ cup sugar.
Fill your container ¾ way full of the apple scraps or apple pieces add your sugar and fill the rest of the jar with chlorine free water.
Sugar (it’s 1 cup of sugar per gallon) so if you’re doing ½ gallon jar then ½ cup sugar.
Stir well to mix the sugar.
You will want to keep the water above the fruit. They have weights specific for this or you will have to just stir it every day for 2 weeks and keep an eye on it to prevent mold.
After a few days you will start to see some bubbles forming this is normal. Keep stirring it daily or every other day at least.
Keep it in a dark place
After 4 weeks you will strain out the apples and compost them or feed them to the chickens.
This will complete the first phase.
This is the second fermentation.
After you strain out the apples, put your liquid in a clean glass jar you can clean out the same one you used and put your breathable lid back on and you will let it sit undisturbed for another 4 weeks.
Now the beauty of making your own vinegars is that you can choose how acidic you want it to be so you can taste it and/or You can test the PH if you like to make sure it’s acidic enough for you but this is optional .
So you may not want to go the entire 4 weeks or you may want to go longer it’s totally up to you!
After the second 4 weeks all you have to do is put on a regular lid that keeps the air out and this will stop the fermentation process and you have your vinegar!
It tastes much better than the store and costs a fraction of the price!
What can you use vinegars for?
Drink daily as a probiotic
Use as a hair rinse
Use as a base for salad dressings
Use it for cleaning.