Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe

Apple cider vinegar is one of the staples in my home. I use it to preserve freshly-harvested herbs, to add flavor to soups, stews, tofu (organic, of course!) and salad dressings. With some olive oil and a teaspoon of crushed chili and basil, I have an instant bread dip that is absolutely delicious.

While it is possible to buy apple cider vinegar from the local health food or grocery store, it is absolutely simple to make your own and there is no comparison when it comes to the taste of freshly-made apple cider vinegar. Making your own also allows you to control the level of acidity to sweetness that you simply cannot do with the store-bought varieties. Once you’ve made your first apple cider vinegar, you’ll probably understand why I insist on making my own.

Making any type of homemade fruit vinegar is as simple as mashing up fruit, removing the pulp, bottling and leaving it to sit until bacteria known as acetobacter converts the juice into vinegar.

You can either purchase apple cider or apple juice, if you prefer, in which case just skip the juicing step. Here’s how to get started making your own apple cider vinegar:

Save up any apples that are beyond their prime—not rotten ones of course, but pulpy or spongy apples that are no longer suitable for eating are great for making vinegar. Of course, you can use fresh apples that are absolutely perfect too but I find that making apple cider vinegar from older apples is a good way to use up older ones without sending them to the compost bin.

Push them through an electric juicer to make apple juice. If you don’t have a juicer, just cut the apples into quarters and puree in a food processor (you can leave the cores and skins on). Then, push the apple pulp through a muslin-lined sieve or muslin bag to remove the fiber from the juice.

Pour the juice into clean, dark, glass jugs or bottles without putting a lid on them. Cover the tops with a few layers of cheesecloth and hold in place with an elastic band. Store the bottles or jars in a cool, dark place for between 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the level of tanginess you prefer in your apple cider vinegar.

The longer the juice sits, the more acidic the vinegar will taste, while shorter times taste more like juice and only mildly like vinegar. Keep in mind that some alcohol may develop during the process, so if you use your vinegar early on in the fermentation cycle, it may actually taste more like apple cider wine than vinegar. Simply leave the apple juice/cider to ferment for a longer amount of time until the alcohol converts into acetic acid, which means it is now ready to use as vinegar.

If you purchased apple juice or apple cider, you can simply secure the cheesecloth over the top in place of the lid and store in a cook, dark place until it becomes vinegar.

You may notice a thick substance that forms on the top of the juice/vinegar. That’s the “mother” as it is known—the collection of bacteria that form in the juice that are responsible for converting it to vinegar. You can save the mother to use as a starter culture for the next batch of apple cider or other type of vinegar if you’d like. Using an existing mother helps to slightly speed up the process of making vinegar. Once you’re happy with the level of acidity, simply cap the bottles and store until you are ready to use. Enjoy!

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include the upcoming book: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight, and Extend Your Life.

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