Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar: A Simple DIY Recipe

In today’s DIY journey, we’re diving into the world of homemade apple cider vinegar (ACV). Not only is it a delicious addition to culinary creations, but it also boasts a range of potential health benefits. Join us on this step-by-step guide to crafting your very own batch of apple cider vinegar at home.


  • 6-8 organic apples
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • Water
  • A large glass jar
  • Cheesecloth or paper towel
  • Rubber band or string

Step 1: Selecting the Right Apples
Start with high-quality organic apples. Varieties like Fuji, Honeycrisp, or a mix for complexity work well. Avoid apples treated with pesticides, as we want the natural fermentation process to occur.

Step 2: Preparing the Apples
Wash and chop the apples into small pieces, including the cores and peels. The skins and cores contain essential nutrients that contribute to the fermentation process.

Step 3: Creating the Base
Place the chopped apples into a large glass jar. If desired, add a tablespoon of sugar to kickstart fermentation. Fill the jar with water, leaving some space at the top.

Step 4: Covering and Securing
Cover the jar with a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel, securing it with a rubber band or string. This allows air to circulate while keeping out debris.

Step 5: Fermentation Magic
Place the jar in a warm, dark place. Stir the mixture daily using a wooden or plastic spoon. You’ll start to notice bubbles forming as fermentation begins. After about 2-3 weeks, you’ll see the liquid transform into vinegar.

Step 6: Straining and Bottling
Once the liquid has reached your desired level of acidity, strain out the apple pieces. Transfer the liquid back into the jar or into smaller bottles for storage.

Step 7: Patience Pays Off
Allow your homemade apple cider vinegar to mature for an additional 3-4 weeks for optimal flavor development.

Congratulations, you’ve just crafted your very own homemade apple cider vinegar! Use it in cooking, as a health tonic, or in your beauty routine. Enjoy the satisfaction of creating this versatile and natural elixir right in your own kitchen. Cheers to the wonders of DIY fermentation!

Leave a comment