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How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Learn how to make apple cider vinegar at home with this easy recipe.  All you need are apple cores or scraps, water, sugar, and a clean jar. When it’s ready you can use it for recipes or it’s many health benefits.

apple cores in a glass jar to make apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is known for it’s abundance of health benefits and uses.

It’s been known to lowers blood sugar level to help fight diabetes, lead to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve heart health.

Whether used for medicinal purposes, to aid in weight loss, or in a vinaigrette, this is great to keep around.

This easy to make recipe uses scraps leftover from apple pie and apple cobbler so nothing goes to waste.

I only use the apple cores so I can make apple simple syrup with the peels. However, if you prefer you can use the peels too.

Some people recommend not using peels unless they are organic.

Other things you can easily make at home are:

Lemon Extract
Mint Extract

Recipe Tip:

You can use this batch to start another which will help it ferment more quickly.  Do so by saving “the mother” that has floated to the top.

Or, alternatively, use a small amount of this finished apple cider vinegar to start a new batch.

Yield: 32 servings

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cores in a glass jar to make apple cider vinegar

Homemade raw apple cider vinegar using leftover apple cores

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 months
Total Time 2 months 10 minutes


  • Apple cores
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Clean a quart jar very well and let air dry.
  2. Fill the jar ¾ full with apple cores.
  3. Dissolve sugar into water and pour the mixture over the apples until they are completely submerged. Add a little additional water if needed. 
  4. Cover with a cheesecloth, coffee filter, or paper towel. Secure with the rubber band.
  5. Store in a dark place at room temperature. Leave it for approximately 3 weeks.
  6. Check on it every few days to make sure the apples still submerged and to make sure no mold is growing.
  7. After 3 weeks, remove the apples cores. Recover the jar and let sit for 3 to 4 more weeks. Stirring every few days.
  8. When ready, transfer to a smaller jar or a bottle to store.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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Sunday 6th of June 2021

Mine had mold so what do I do?


Sunday 13th of June 2021

Mold is an indication that the balance of acid to sugar is off. Skim it off and keep an eye on the jar. If mold develops again, toss the batch and start over.

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