Apple cider vinegar, or ACV is amazing. It’s a wonderful addition to recipes, salads and sauces, and it has amazing medicinal qualities too. Some people even take it in a spoon. It’s very good and powerful, so everyone should have it in their home.

However, as with most products on the market, the apple cider vinegar sold in stores has been artificially flavored and treated with chemicals. It’s often pasteurized, which kills of its abilities. These abilities can only be found in the raw untreated stuff.

The most environmentally friendly and healthier people choose to make their own apple cider vinegar. It’s really not that hard to make.

Apples and beyond

 You only need 3 things: DIY organic apples of course, raw organic sugar and filtered water. Some people experiment with the apples, combining sweet and bitter ones. It isn’t a bad idea, but not necessary for the vinegar.

Then you need a wide mouth gallon jar, some type of cloth that breathes, and a rubber band to secure the cloth. The other things like a mixing spoon and a knife are found in every kitchen.

The hard part

 The apple cider vinegar comes from a fermenting process. Cut the apples into an inch cubes. Fill the jar halfway through, or just enough for them to be submerged in water. Then add a cup of sugar per gallon until it’s dissolved. Cover the jaw with the cloth and fasten it.

Stir the mixture once or twice a day for a week. After just a couple of days, there should be bubbles at the top of the mix – that’s the fermentation, making the mixture a hard apple cider. When the apples sink, the cider is ready!

Turning to vinegar

 Once the hard cider is prepared, it’s good to isolate one glass of it on ice. Then, the apples are taken out and the liquid transferred to another jar with a new cloth to cover it. Now that the liquid is in one place, you need to wait. The transformation into vinegar takes 3-4 weeks. In this time, a little sediment will appear at the bottom, and a weird film on the top of the liquid. It’s expected and normal. In 3 weeks, you can start trying it for the desired flavor.

The final results

 After a month, your DIY apple cider vinegar is ready. If it’s still wants a little humph, leave it alone for a few more days. If it’s too strong, dissolve it with a little water. Keep it in a dark place and use it as you wish.

Vinegar does not go bad. In time, a kind of film may appear on the surface but you can strain it easily. If the flavor gets stronger with each week, correct it with a little water. Use it often, as its healthy abilities are second to none.