Adding vinegar to chickens’ water is just one use for raw and unfiltered vinegar. A quick Google search will bring up numerous uses. It is such a valuable homesteading item. We use it for many things from making salad dressing to curing heartburn and even hiccups! It’s great for catching fruit flies in the kitchen and many DIYers use it for making their own cleaning products. Whatever you choose to use it for, ACV (as it is referred to by its loyal fans) is an incredibly useful thing and so easy to make yourself.
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar
Pint size canning jar with lid and band
Small glass custard cup (or some other container that fits just inside the top of the canning jar)
Apple corer (you could also just use a knife)
Canning Funnel (helpful, but not necessary)
Clean scrap of cotton fabric or cheesecloth
Slice and core your apples. Dip the canning jar and custard cup in boiling water to get them really clean. Place apple pieces inside the jar. Depending on their size, one or two sliced apples will fit nicely in a pint size canning jar. Spoon sugar on top of the apples. Add enough water to the jar so that the apple pieces are covered by about an inch. Put the custard cup (or other container of your choice) on top to keep the apple pieces from poking up into the air. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to ferment in a dark place at room temperature (60° to 85°F) for one week. I use a space in one of my kitchen cupboards.
At the end of a week, there should be bubbles at the top of the jar. It’s normal if you see any mold there as well. Pour apples and liquid through a clean strainer into a clean canning jar. This is where a canning funnel comes in handy. Cover the jar with a clean scrap of cotton fabric or cheese cloth. A piece of a clean old t-shirt would work also. Fasten the fabric to the jar with a canning jar ring. Store in a cool dark place for six weeks. The two jars in the photos below are in this step. They show the variation of color when using different types of apples. If you have chickens, they love the leftover apple pieces!
At the end of six weeks, replace the fabric with a solid lid or canning lid and ring. Store vinegar in a dark place. It will keep indefinitely.