Having been in quite a lot of gardens all around London over the last half decade, I can say that it is encouraging that so many people have at least some (or one) apple trees on their properties, some have multiple including neighbour’s trees hanging over their walls, unfortunately as observed, many of these apples end up rotting on the lawn and beds and, in most cases, the families / house residents sometimes don’t even pick a single apple in the season! Has there been change in the generations? Have people become more wealthy? It could also be the change of lifestyle which may include consuming far more time with technology and going out, eating out etc. …

Young Organic Apple Jonagold on an urban Permaculture Farm

Organic Apple Jonagold Permaculture

One great way to use up the excess apples is by making Hard Apple Cider and Cider Vinegar, the vinegar is reportedly very long lasting so dry storage is an absolute possibility therefore the vinegar is a sustainable product.
The best part about making the cider is that you do not need any apple / fruit press at all!

Glass of Home Made apple cider

Glass of Home Made apple cider


1. Get a large glass container and fill it halfway or slightly more with apples cut into roughly one-inch (two-and-a-half centimeter) squares, nothing smaller.

2. Next add in water and sugar (homespun honey is also a great option here), with the ratio one gallon to one cup, respectively. Stop a couple of inches before the top of the container.

3. Stir it all together, attempting to dissolve the sugar. Then, cover the container with cheesecloth or some sort of breathable material that’ll keep bugs out but let air in. Secure it with a rubber band or string.

4. For the next week, give the mixture a quick stir once or twice a day. Within the first couple of days, it’ll start bubbling. When the apples chunks start to sink, the sugar has turned to alcohol, and it’s drinking time.

Seriously, it’s that simple to start producing your own booze. A similar process can work with all hard fruits, and slight variations work for soft fruits and homemade wines (a bit more involved but also easily doable). It’s just very important to remember, when fermenting things, gas builds up and can make bottles explode, even after the process is seemingly finished. Refrigeration slows down fermentation a great deal, but it’s still good form (and much safer) to release the gas daily once you’ve capped off the cider.

Cider Vinegar:

Once the hard apple cider is completed, the process is super simple: Strain out the apples, pouring the liquid into a new container. Then, as with gardening, it’s a lot of waiting for the magic to happen. Cover the container the same way as before, some breathable material fixed to the top. This time, however, there is no need for stirring daily or doing anything really. Over the next three or four weeks, sediment will begin to form at the bottom and a mother will begin to form at the top. Eventually, it turns into apple cider vinegar, a substance that has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

• If it’s too strong after a month, then simply water down a bit. If it’s not strong enough, let it sit a while longer. Strain away the mother and sediment and store it in a dark, cool space. It’ll last forever.

Click on below image for a delicious recipe of the Apple Cider spice Cake

apple cider cake

For more information, further reading as well as an instructional video, click Here

  1. jeffpermie says:

    Reblogged this on growingarden and commented:

    It’s Apple Season 2016!
    Here is a super simple recipe on how to make Apple Cider Vinegar and Apple Cider! This is easily the easiest method with the least effort, the result is delicious albeit with only a low percentage of alcohol (3% +) in the Cider


  2. […] the Link Here for the full recipe with explanation between Cider only and Cider Vinegar as the final […]


  3. cookingflip says:

    Almost like the homemade ginger beer we make every now and then. ‘Will keep a mental note for apple cider next!

    Liked by 1 person

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