Making Our Own Vinegar

This fall I decided to try making vinegar.

This is part of  my goal to be able to make more of what we eat from our own produce, and to teach people locally how to do this.

I know, I know, I just wrote a post about doing homesteading the way you want and not trying to do things just like a “real” homesteader.  I still want to do that though. It’s not that I would necessarily rely on making our own vinegar all the time, but I think it’s important to be able to know how to do it.

That means we need to try to make it ourselves.

This fall we had an abundance of apples. I mean a LOT. So after we used up and froze as many as we could I decided it was a go on the vinegar.

I used chunks of apple, not fruit scraps, just because we had that many apples and we didn’t need to process any more whole ones. We cored and chopped enough to fill the jar we were going to use and put in a honey/water brine. I weighed down the apples with a regular drinking glass and a shooter glass inside that.


I tbubbled away for a little more than a week and started to smell like alcohol – the desired result of the first part of making vinegar.

I think I left it a little too long because the apples started to brown and some of the liquid evaporated from the jar. Below is the result of the this first part of the process. Here I am getting ready to filter the liquid through a linen cloth.


I thought it should be a bit clearer than it turned out, but it SMELLS right, so I’m going to keep going with it. This picture is the final liquid after the filtering.


I am storing it on a shelf in the corner of the kitchen out of the light in a glass casserole dish.

We’ll see what happens in a few months. Hopefully it won’t take too long. I’ll post an update when it is ready.

Happy Homesteading – however you do it!

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10 responses to “Making Our Own Vinegar”

  1. Darlene says :

    Awesome. You can make a lovely fermented ginger drink from raw apple cider vinegar. Never thought of making my own but will definitely try next year if the apple crop is good.

  2. feedinghangrymonsters says :

    fascinating! We just planted our apple trees this year and only got a few apples but in a few years I so want to try this!

  3. The EcoFeminist says :

    Interesting… We always make ours with apple peels leftover from making applesauce…ACV is huge in our house and we use it both in the kitchen as well as put it in our ducks’ water 🙂

    • Homesteading101 says :

      Excellent. That is what we would have done if we needed more apples for our own use – use the peels. Since our apple crop was so large, we didn’t want them to just dog to the compost! Glad to hear that you use it regularly. We’ll start doing that too now.

  4. Jestoni Sacay says :

    Wow! I’dd like to try this one… 🙂 This is nice. I love it ❤

  5. Re-Farmer says :

    I look forward to how this turns out for you. Our “new” home has quite a few crabapple trees, and vinegar is something I want to try, too.

  6. JoytotheWorld says :

    Thanks for sharing😁

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