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How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar From Food Scraps

From beauty to cleaning to eating, apple cider vinegar comes with a ton of benefits. Here's how to make your own from apple scraps.

how to make apple cider vinegar from food scraps
Written by
Calin Van Paris
We're well into fall, meaning that
apple season
is reaching its apex. And though the majority of your haul—whether harvested from the orchard or produce section—will likely end up in a delicious dessert, the potential for unused apple scraps is ever-present.
Instead of sending said waste straight to the
or your
compost bin
, why not get the most out of the fruit by making your own apple cider vinegar?

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

benefits of apple cider vinegar
With a bit of fermentation, sweet apple scraps are easily transformed into apple cider vinegar, a foodstuff-meets-wellness essential that comes with some serious benefits.
In addition to lowering blood sugar and
aiding in weight loss
, ACV's antifungal and antibacterial properties make it an excellent topical treatment.
While some opt for shots of the acidic substance in the morning, take care: the vinegar can erode tooth enamel over time.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many ways to use your apple cider vinegar that have nothing to do with vinaigrette (though that is a worthy option).
As an addition to your beauty routine, ACV exfoliates and balances pH, helping clarify skin, hair, and scalp alike. Experts recommend diluting the vinegar prior to topical use to avoid any unwanted reactivity. And if you have sensitive skin, be sure to spot-test first.
If the aesthetic and edible options weren't enough, apple cider vinegar can even function as an
all-purpose cleaner
. Just mix 1/2 cup ACV with one cup of water and wipe the filth away.
Here, an impossibly simple recipe for apple cider vinegar that's sure to become a seasonal staple.

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How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

how to make apple cider vinegar
Apple scraps (enough cores, skins, and slices to fill one Mason jar)
3 Tbsp sugar
Warm water to fill
1. Add apple scraps, sugar, and water to a clean jar.
2. Cover and let sit for two weeks.
3. Remove scraps and let sit for another two weeks.
4. Enjoy!