Waste not, want not and all those thrifty proverbs are perfect for scrappy apple vinegar. Making apple cider vinegar from scraps is practically free and you end up with a light and refreshing vinegar that is probiotic. Best of all, it is REALLY EASY to make. So get thrifty and turn your apple scraps into something useful!
Scrappy apple vinegar is different from a traditional apple cider vinegar. It is a bright and fresh vinegar compared to the earthy, full flavour of traditional cider vinegar. Here’s what you can expect from scrappy apple vinegar:
- Perfect for adding tanginess to cooked recipes.
- Use it in salad dressing or as a health tonic.
- It is probiotic! So it can be used to culture other foods.
- Don’t use it for canning, unless you test the pH. Otherwise, you don’t know the exact acidity levels.
For a more traditional apple cider vinegar, make cider vinegar from juice.Print
Scrappy Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar made from scraps is cheap and easy. It also tastes great and is full of probiotics.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1 quart jar 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Fermented
- Apple scraps (peels and cores; bruises are OK but no rotten bits)
- Water (chlorine free)
- 1 tbsp sugar per cup of water
- 1 tbsp of apple cider mother per cup of water (optional)
- This recipe is designed so you just pack jars with apple scraps as you make them. So adjust the measurements to suit the amount of apple scraps you have.
- Wash your apples before peeling them, then fill a glass jar 3/4 full of apple scraps. Just make sure the scraps are free of mold.
- Add the mother and pour water over the apples scraps, measuring as you go so you know how much water you’ve used. You only need enough water to just cover the apple scraps.
- Stir in 1 tbsp of sugar per cup of water.
- Cover the jar with a piece of cloth or a coffee filter and keep in place with an elastic band or jar ring.
- Place somewhere dark to ferment at room temperature.
- Check every few days to stir.
- After 2 weeks strain out the scraps and bottle the vinegar. Allow the vinegar to rest for at least another 2 weeks before using. It will continue to ferment until all the sugar is consumed, so use a bottle that can handle the build up of carbonation. (See notes.)
- A mother isn’t required for this recipe, however, it will kickstart your vinegar. Either use a bit of a previous batch of homemade vinegar or a store bought vinegar with mother. There are a number of brands of cider vinegar with mother available on the market, including: Viva Naturals, Braggs and Dynamic Health
- The vinegar may grow a thick rubbery mother, and/or there might be dark floating bits. Both of these things are fine. Mold is not OK… If you get mold then throw it out and start again. Below is a picture of a mother, notice how it is thick and rubbery. Mold is fuzzy.
- The vinegar will continue to ferment until all of the sugar is gone. So age in plastic pop bottles, swing-top beer bottles or fido jars.
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