Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Let me show you how easy it is to make your own apple cider vinegar. All you need is to save all your apple peels and cores when you’re making apple dishes.

Ahhh, fall season …

I can’t wait for all the different varieties of apples showing up in our farmers’ markets. I get particularly excited about all the heirloom apples. So much so that we will plant some heirloom apple trees this fall.

There are so many ways to use apples in recipes:

Apple cobblers, apple pies, apple sauce, apple pancakes, apple scones – or just eating them raw.

green apples in a basket

Maybe you have seen my post on how to make canned apple pie filling. This is perfect for when you have a lot of apples for can’t eat them all at once. With canned apple pie filling you can have apple pies long after the harvest is done.

Whatever you do with your apples, most likely you’ll wind up with apple cores and peels.

Instead of throwing them into the compost or trash, let me show you how easy it is to make homemade apple cider vinegar.

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How to collect apple scraps

Next time, you’re using apples, keep all the scraps. Now for making apple cider vinegar, make sure you don’t have any moldy or mushy parts. But all the peels, cores, and other parts work well!

If you’re just using a few apples at a time, simply place the scraps in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer. For this recipe, I am using about two good handfuls of peels and cores. Don’t worry if they turn brown!

apple peels apple cores

Ingredients for Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Other than your apple scraps you will need

  • 2 TBSP of sugar
  • about 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (if you’re more the impatient type, like me)

Helpful tools and equipment

  • a quart-size mason jar (or any other jar big enough to hold your apple cores and peels; you can get them here)
  • one coffee filter or small dish towel to cover the jar
  • a rubber band
ingredients for homemade apple cider vinegar

How to make Apple Cider Vinegar

Place all your apple peels and apple cores in your mason jar. It should be big enough so that the apple scraps only fill about 3/4 of the jar.

To speed up the process you can now add about 1/4 cups of ready-made apple cider vinegar. It will be even better if your ACV has some mother in it. Mother you ask? It’s these floating, stringy pieces.

Dissolve the sugar in the 2 cups of water. As you can see, I am using coconut sugar. I am sure you can use brown sugar or white sugar, depending on what you have on hand.

Pour the sugar water over the apple scraps and press them down. You can use a little sterilized rock or fermenting weight to keep the scraps down.

Place the coffee filter or small cotton towel over the jar to keep critters out and secure with a rubber band.

jar of fermenting apple cider vinegar covered with coffee filter

Set your jar in a somewhat dark spot. You can shake it gently every so often. After about 2 weeks (you can check earlier), taste your vinegar. If it is still more sweet than pleasantly sour, let it ferment longer. Once your apple cider vinegar has reached your desired taste, you can strain out the scraps.

jar of fermenting apple cider vinegar covered with coffee filter

I always like filling my homemade apple cider vinegar into a pretty bottle.

homemade apple cider vinegar in a bottle with apples next to it

How to use your homemade apple cider vinegar

Aside from apple cider vinegar’s health benefits, there are so many ways you can use it in your kitchen. In an effort to add more probiotics to your diet, you can add a good splash of ACV to a glass of water and add any or no sweetener (I often use stevia, but regular sugar works, too).

Apple cider vinegar tastes great in homemade dressings and sauces.

I often add 2 TSBP to the water when I am making homemade bone broth. This is said to draw the minerals out of the bones.

You can use ACV instead of other vinegars.

Lastly, you can use it in your personal care routine – but that is the topic for a future blog post ….

Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

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Apple Scrap Vinegar Recipe

Let me show you how easy it is to make your own apple scrap vinegar. All you need is to save all your apple peels and cores when you’re making apple dishes
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 pint
Calories: 50kcal
Cost: $2


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 handfuls apple peels and cores


  • Place apple peels and cores in a quart size mason jar (or similar).
  • Add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to speed up the process.
  • Dissolve the sugar in about 2 cups of water and pour over the apple scraps.
  • Cover the jar with a coffee filter or cloth to keep anything from getting in.
  • Leave in a dark spot for about 14 days. After that, check for taste. If you like it more sour, leave it for another 7-14 days.


  • the apple cider vinegar is optional
  • you can also save apple peels and cores in a ziplock bag in the freezer until you have the desired amount


Calories: 50kcal
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  6. How do you determine the percentage of acidity of homemade vinegar? I’d love to make homeade to use in my canning but would be concerned that the acid content is not high enough.

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  8. I love the idea of using an apple cider with the mother already. I think my process was much longer when I made apple cider a few years back. I need to try it out again and I’ll use this recipe. Thanks

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