How to make apple cider vinegar in 7 steps, a natural
remedy for many conditions
When purchasing apple cider vinegar (ACV), people
are typically urged to buy something organic that
also states “mother” on the label. No, it’s not some
indication of a family-made recipe, but rather a
vital component that makes ACV so effective; mother
of vinegar, or “the mother,” is what gives the
vinegar its distinct sour flavor as well as its
beneficial antibacterial and antifungal properties.
However, there’s no need to rush to the local
market to purchase a bottle.
Why not make your own? It’s a wise idea not just
to ensure that it’s as fresh as possible but also to
have plenty on hand when it comes to preparedness.
As society continually teeters on the brink of
devastating environmental, economic and social
changes, being well-stocked with the essentials is
ACV is one item that’s worth stocking up on.
It’s touted as a highly effective concoction that
does everything from soothe sore throats to help
heal skin conditions. In fact, Dr. Carl Korn,
assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the
University of Southern California, suggests using
ACV for sunburn relief. He recommends diluting one
cup of apple cider vinegar with cool water, then
patting the reddened area with mixture.
It’s a mild astringent that works to keep skin
healthy. Before the use of antibiotics, American
Civil War soldiers turned to ACV to clean and
ACV is also used for those with a dry, flaky
scalp. When used as a rinse, it not only makes hair
soft but fights the fungus responsible for creating
It’s also been touted as a great way to improve
digestive health, clear eczema, regulate blood sugar
and alleviate heartburn.
It’s easy to see that ACV is beneficial for
overall health. Here’s how to go about making your
own so you can always have plenty of this powerful
healing vinegar around.
According to knowledgeable “fermenter,”
California chef and blogger Graham Pearson, ACV is
“very refreshing, versatile and… quite popularly
healthy for us as a tonic, cleaning solution,
preserving medium and cooking element.” He wrote,
“It might just be a culinary jack of all trades.”
Pearson explains that making homemade ACV is easy
and something everyone should consider.
7 easy steps to make
Step 1: Wash 10 whole apples or the scraps from
up to 30 apples with pure spring water or filtered
water. Chop them up into pieces no smaller than one
Step 2: Fill a large glass jar (one-half gallon
sized at a minimum) with the apple pieces at least
half way. It’s okay to even include seeds and stems.
Step 3: Fill the jar of apple slices with water
until it’s at least three-quarters or entirely full.
Pearson warns, “Do not exceed 2 parts water to 1
part scraps which will leave you with a diluted, low
Step 4: Sprinkle sugar (organic cane or wild
organic honey, one-quarter cup to each quart of
water) into the jar with the apple scraps and water.
Over the course of an hour, stir occasionally
with a wooden spoon, making sure to cover the
container with a cheesecloth that’s secured with
twine or a rubber band. Then, repeat this process
for one week, stirring the ingredients with a spoon
and making sure to keep the jar in a darkened area.
It will be normal for bubbling and foaming to take
place, and for a strong odor to exist. That’s a good
thing; it’s all part of the fermentation process and
means that it’s working.
Step 5: Once the apples have settled to the
bottom of the jar, use the cheesecloth to strain
them so that only the remaining liquid is
transferred into another container.
Step 6: Cover this liquid with a cloth and again,
store in a warm, dark location. This time, it will
be stored for four to six weeks, in which time
you’ll see that the mother will form on the surface.
Step 7: Keep sealed and out of sunlight, just as
you would with store-purchased ACV. After about
another two weeks, it should lose its alcohol
content, become more acidic and develop into the ACV
you’ve come to know. Of course, you may alter the
taste by straining the liquid from the mother and
determining what best suits your taste buds. If the
ACV is too acidic, you can add water to mellow the
In seven easy steps, it’s possible to make
homemade ACV. You’re well on your way to better skin
and digestive health and an improved immune system.