Home Made Apple Cider Vinegar

After we brought home four lovely rescue hens, we went through gallons of Apple Cider Vinegar.  You put it in their water and it helps fight off bacteria, improves calcium levels and acts as an overall tonic.

And it’s bloomin’ pricey!  Of all the supplies needed to look after hens it’s definitely the most expensive.  But it needn’t be.  After a few months ofnsquinting at receipts, I started to make my own and unlike store bought ACV, it tasted so nice that I could even stomach a serving myself.

It tastes so nice that I could even stomach a serving myself!

You Will Need

Large clean jug or jar

Apples and/or apple scraps (peel and core)

2 tablespoons of cane sugar


  • Chop the apple into chunks and fill the jug 3/4 full
  • Sprinkle with the sugar and stir until coated
  • Fill the jug with water
  • You need to ensure that the apples remain under the water so cover with a small plate
  • Cover the whole thing with muslin or cheesecloth to keep out any fruit flies
  • Allow to sit in for around 3 weeks.  You’ll start to see bubbles appear.  Make sure the apples stay under the water
  • After 3 weeks, strain the mixture – you can compost the apple scraps
  • Bottle the mixture and store for a further 3 weeks

The Apple Cider Vinegar is now ready to use.

You can take a spoonful in water each day, as a health tonic or add to dressings and sauces…or just feed it to your mad hens!

I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment.  But wherever possible I’m trying to keep it natural, cheap and delicious.  Keep checking in for more recipes.

Love Rachel ❤️

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