25 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

When apple cider vinegar is mentioned, many people dream of deliciously sour, handmade pickles. While it’s super useful for pickling and canning, there are tons of other uses for this amazing liquid. You can buy the ready-to-use version at any grocery store, or pick it up from your local farmer to ensure that you know exactly where it was made and what went into it.

Made from juiced apples that have been crushed in a press, the mixture is first left to sit before bacteria and yeast are introduced. The yeast starts the alcoholic fermentation process, where the sugars in the juice are turned into alcohol.

Then, in a second process that happens later, the alcohol in the liquid is turned into vinegar. Many enterprising DIYers make their own apple cider vinegar at home, using cores and scraps from various apple recipes. You can keep these scraps in the freezer as you add to the pile, which ensures that they all stay fresh until you’re ready to use them. Once you get enough scraps, mix it with water and let it sit for at least six months, until the alcohol has turned to vinegar. You should be able to smell it!

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