How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar From Apple Peels
Ever buy REAL apple cider vinegar?
You know, the raw kind with the “mother” included?
I don’t know about you, but I have so many things I like to use apple cider vinegar for. From multi-purpose cleaner, to salad vinaigrette, morning detox drink and more. Apple cider vinegar is my go-to ingredient for so many things, and it can get a bit pricey buying large quantities of the real stuff at the store.
So, I have been making it myself from apple peels for the last couple of years.
One more step on the self sufficient journey. 🙂
This isn’t a TRUE apple “cider” vinegar, since it is made from peels, not actual cider, but it tastes basically the same, and has all the same health benefits.
Whenever you peel large amounts of apples, whether from making dried apples, applesauce, or even apple pie, save all the cores and peels.
Stuff them very tightly into a large glass jar(s).
I like to use half gallon, or 1 gallon jars, but quart jars work as well. After making a lot of dried apples and applesauce, I filled 5 half gallon jars.
Create a syrup by combining honey and warm water.
The ratio should be 1/4 cup of honey for each quart (4 cups) of water. Each stuffed half gallon jar should hold almost 4 cups of syrup.
Pour the syrup over the apple peels and cover with cloth and rubber band. Let sit in a dark place for one week.
After fermenting for one week, there should be small bubbles in the jars.
If any mold or scum has formed at the top of the jars, skim it off at this point.
Pour the liquid through a strainer, then pour back into jars for a second fermentation.
Cover the jars of strained liquid with a towel again, and let sit in a dark room for 6 weeks, or until it is strong enough for your taste.
Cover with an airtight lid, and store in a dark place.
Use as you would any store bought apple cider vinegar!
From 5 half gallon jars full of peels and syrup, I was able to get a little over 1 gallon of apple cider vinegar.
I love being able to make stuff from what most people would consider trash!
The peels even get a double use because, after you make apple cider vinegar with them, they will break down really quickly in your compost pile!
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