Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the easiest things to make for your pantry. Here is what you need to get started.  Wide mouth jar.  I usually do 2 quart jars.  Fill free to use half-gallon or even a gallon jar.  Apple scraps.  The peels and core of the apples. Cheesecloth or I use a cotton dish towel that is cut in half.

After you have made that fresh apple pie, apple crisp, apple muffins, I could go on and on.  You want to keep all the apple scraps and let them turn brown.  Make sure you have enough to fill your jar or jars.

Add scraps to your jar and fill with water.  Cover the jar with the cheesecloth or piece of cotton towel .  Screw the band without the lid to the jar.  Don’t turn it upside down, it will come pouring out.  PUT THE JAR IN A WARM, DARK PLACE.


After couple weeks you will see a thickening and the top of the apples will start to mold and look disgusting.  THIS IS GOOD!  Your apples are starting to ferment.

I let mine ferment for 3 months, sometimes longer if I forget about them.  That is okay, it will only get stronger tasting.


Strain the apple scraps.  Toss them to your chickens or put them in the compost.

Do a second strain with your cheesecloth or cotton towel.  You can see all the little stuff that was missed with the first strain.

Now go back up and look at the first picture with all that beautiful apple cider vinegar in the red bowl.  The liquid will be cloudy.  This is good and is called “THE MOTHER”  Good stuff.  If you don’t like it cloudy just keep straining until the apple cider vinegar is clear.  Personally I want all the good stuff so I don’t do anymore straining.

Congratulation! you have made apple cider vinegar.  Take a teaspoon everyday and your heart burn will be no more.  (Spoken from experience)

44 thoughts on “Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

    1. Awesome Jane, let me know how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion on apple cider vinegar. Anything else you want to see let me know.

  1. Finally got around to trying this. Just put together a half gallon batch! I got some organic apples the other day that were starting to brown so figured what better use for them! 🙂

  2. All I can say is WOW! Ferment for 3 months, another WOW! You can tell I obviously know NOTHING about fermenting 🙂 Thank you for co-hosting with me at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party. I shared your post on my social media sites.

  3. I go through this by the gallons I would love to make it in-house rather than using store-bought. This seems easy enough. This recipe has been pinned, thank you!

  4. I have seen some great uses for apple cider vinegar. I will have to try this out. I always like doing homemade.

  5. I’ve never made my own apple cider vinegar before, I usually just buy one in groceries. It would be so much nicer to have a homemade one though. It’s all natural and you know what went in it.

  6. I started a few jars of vinegar and notice that fruit flies are attracted to it. Any suggestions on how to mitigate this problem?

    1. Replace the covering with clean covering. Wipe down the jars and rim. Put in a dark corner of your cupboard that is clean. Should do the trick.

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