Learning how to make apple cider vinegar at home is one of the easiest things to make and even if you’ve had trouble, I’ve got troubleshooting tips so your homemade apple cider vinegar turns out, because it’s one of those things that every homestead (and home) should have on hand.
You know that saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well I think apple cider vinegar should go into that saying too.
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Apple peels, cores, and scrap pieces of apple
Mason jar and band
Coffee filter/cheese cloth/towel
Note: If you’re on city water or water that has chlorine in it, either boil the water for 20 minutes and let it cool or let it sit uncovered in the fridge for 24 hours to remove most of the chlorine.
If you develop mold on your apple cider vinegar it’s because the apple scraps were not kept beneath the surface of the water. Use a fermenting weight to hold the scraps beneath the water or a smaller jar with water inside to act as a weight. Remove any pieces with mold and allow it to ferment for another week. If mold grows back, toss it out and start over, making sure to use a weight from the beginning.
There’s a film on top, what now? Try skimming off the layer of film and letting it ferment for another week, making sure everything is submerged beneath the water.
How to make apple cider vinegar without sugar. Many people will use a small amount of sugar or honey to help jump start the vinegar (this provides the bacteria more to feed on), but I’ve never found the need to do this as apples have a good amount of sugar in them already. You can also use a few teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar with the mother in it as well, but again, I’ve never had to do this.
The apple cider vinegar has cloudy stuff in it? Congratulations, you’ve got a strain of good bacteria and yeast growing called the mother!
It should turn from a pale yellow to a darker golden color. It should smell like vinegar, with a strong odor (not a bad rotten smell) but that tang of vinegar. You should see some cloudy sediment when you shake the jar, almost cob-webby in appearance.
Did you know that apple cider vinegar (the real stuff with the mother in it like we just made at home) is one of the most versatile items you have in your home? Seriously, from helping with your health (we got studies to back this one up) to skin care, to cleaning, to cooking and baking (one of my favorite ways to use it) and to help rid the kitchen of fruit flies?
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Now that you know how easy it is to make apple cider vinegar with the mother at home, go get your first batch started!
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.