homemade apple cider vinegar

A few weeks ago, I had some apples leftover from the Ellijay Apple Festival that were going bad and instead of tossing them in the compost, I’d decided to try making homemade apple cider vinegar. And ta-da!! It turned out great and was super easy to make.

homemade apple cider vinegar

Here’s how I made my homemade ACV:

3 apples chopped (I used the peel and core)

2 tbsp raw, local honey

  • Rinse and chop the apples, then throw them in a glass jar (I used two small glass jars)

homemade apple cider vinegar

  • Fill the jar with filtered water, just to the top of the apples.
  • Add honey and stir until dissolved.
  • Cover jar with coffee filter and let sit in a cool, dark place!

homemade apple cider vinegar

  • Stir every few days for about two weeks.
  • Use a strainer to separate the vinegar from the apple bits and throw those pieces in the compost.
  • You can continue to let it sit for a 2-4 weeks to taste. (Mine was perfectly ready at six weeks) Now your ACV is ready to use!

homemade apple cider vinegar

ACV Uses

Apple cider vinegar has many uses for house and health. It’s a natural disinfectant and deodorizer, and can make your hair shine. I’ve added a few links below listing the many uses of apple cider vinegar. What’s your favorite way to use ACV? And have you tried making it homemade before?

50+ Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

Surprising Apple Cider Vinegar Uses

4 thoughts on “homemade apple cider vinegar

  1. This is great to read! I am in the process of making some. My instructions said to remove the apples after 2 weeks and let sit for another 2 months… But after reading this I will check to see if it is done sooner. I am using a Pickler jar, hoping it works!

    1. How’s yours coming along?! Oh yeah, I should add that in there… I took the apples out at the end!! Next time I want to make a bigger batch. I just used three apples I had that were going bad and it didn’t really make that much. When will yours be ready??

  2. Quick point of clarification, you mentioned that your ACV was “perfectly ready at 6 weeks.” Was that the combined time of the 2 weeks with the apples floating in the water and the 4 weeks of letting the strained liquid sitting on the counter? Thanks!

    1. Yes! Six weeks including the 2 weeks with apples in the water and 4 without!

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