Make Apple Cider Vinegar at Home

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I’ve been wanting to play more with fermenting my own food, and home made apple cider vinegar (ACV) seems like a great place to start!

Apple cider vinegar is sort of a wonder food. From cooking to cleaning to medicinal uses, ACV is just plain good stuff. You can get ACV at the store, but the high quality sort can get a little bit pricey. What makes good, organic ACV different from the kind in a big plastic jug is the sediment, or “mother” that’s at the bottom of good quality ACV. The mother is full of good nutrients and beneficial bacteria.

Making Apple Cider Vinegar

I haven’t tried making my own yet, but I’ve been hanging on to a couple of apple cider vinegar recipes, so I thought I’d share one of them with you. Like any fermented food, the main ingredient in home made ACV is time, and I’m most intrigued with the recipe that uses apple scraps. What a fun project to do with leavings from making apple pie!

To make the apple scraps ACV, you just pile your scraps in a jar with some water, cover with cheesecloth to keep bugs away, and store in a warm, dark place for about a month. Easy peasy, right? It reminds me of how you make kombucha.

Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

I mentioned that ACV is handy stuff to have in the pantry, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite uses for the stuff. I’d love to hear other ways you guys are using apple cider vinegar!

  • Makes a great sports drink.
  • Add a tablespoon to a vegan cheese recipe for a little tang.
  • Finish off steamed or sauteed greens with a splash of vinegar.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

  • Steve

    Apple cider vinegar is totally amazing. I used it for one month and my blood pressure went from 120 over 80 to 106 over 64. I wasn’t sure that this worked so the next month I did not use it and my blood pressure was up. I used it again the next month and my blood pressure went back down. Not only does apple cider vinegar lower blood pressure but it curbs your appetite thus helping you to lose weight. I drink 1 tablespoon morning and evening mixed with 8 ounces of warm water and 1 tablespoon of honey.

    • Thank you for your post, and especially for the measurements! I also took this as a child….one tablespoon of LOCAL honey with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, to help with seasonal allergies. I am going to start doing this again, along with my husband, for both purposes! Blessings!

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  • Thanks for this, Becky! I gargle a mix of warm ACV and honey to fight off colds in their early stages. It’s not delicious, but it works! I posted a link to your instructions here;

    • Thanks, Natalie! I’ll have to try that ACV/local honey thing next time I feel a cold coming on.

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