For centuries, cider vinegar has been a household staple for cooking, cleaning and medicinal needs. It’s been a beauty product and all round essential…treated for itchy eczema to shiny hair.
Professional chefs also have also been known to keep a bottle at hand as seasoning in soups, stews or puddings and vinaigrettes.
It’s generally acknowledged that raw cider vinegar has the most potent effect. Our cider vinegar has travelled just 30 miles from Ringden Farm, on the Kent/Sussex border, where they make Yellowcoate Raw Cider Vinegar with Mother.
‘With Mother’ is the slightly peculiar term for unfiltered cider vinegar which is in its natural state. Cheaper pasteurised vinegars are made quickly and filtered to be crystal clear, removing all the beneficial living enzymes.
Why is it healthy?
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ – we all know the expression and that it’s based on the fact that apples are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and pectin and are our homegrown superfood.
Cooking with Cider Vinegar
- An alternative to barbecue sauce is the smoky, intense bacon jam recipe. Smother liberally on homemade burgers or alongside charcuterie or blue cheese.
- Cider vinegar intensifies the sweet and fiery flavour in this Horseradish Cream.
- Add intensity to an apple crumble: melt butter in a pan and gently cook the apples until golden. Add a splash of cider vinegar and gently cook til soft. Add a crumble topping and bake as usual.
- A gorgeous cider apple vinegar and honey vinaigrette for healthy salads. Use raw honey as well as raw cider vinegar for extra health benefits.
- Add a tablespoon of cider vinegar to the cooking water when boiling eggs. It will help stop the shells from breaking and the whites frothing out.
- Marinating meat in cider vinegar helps tenderise the meat and apparently kills bacteria. In 175ml of vinegar add marinating spices and herbs. Rest the meat in the mixture overnight or for at least a few hours.
- Apparently, apple cider vinegar is a useful vegan substitute for eggs in baking. We haven’t tried this but will do so and update you on the progress. Use 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar for each egg.
- The acidic properties of cider vinegar makes it a perfect substitute for lemon juice.
- When peeling apples, use a dash of cider vinegar in water to drop the apples into to prevent them turning brown til you cook with them.
- Add a spoonful of cider vinegar to boiling vegetables helps retain the colour.
- Add a spoonful of cider vinegar to the washing water for veg as the acidity helps kill bacteria.
Health and Beauty uses
- Make your hair shine. Fill an old shampoo bottle with half a tablespoon of cider vinegar and 250ml of filtered water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing. Do this every wash for best results.
- Raw cider vinegar can regulate the pH of your skin. Dilute the vinegar with two parts water and dab over your face to replace toner at night and in the morning before applying moisturiser.
- Apparently a dab of cider vinegar on the skin at night can help fade age spots and acne scars.
- For warts, soak a cotton ball in raw cider vinegar then fasten to the wart with a plaster. The skin might swell a little as it reacts but the wart should fall off. Once it has disappeared, continue the vinegar/plaster treatment to make sure it doesn’t return.
- Keep the pearly whites clean and remove red wine or coffee staining by rubbing with cider vinegar and rinsing.
- Apparently adding 250ml of cider vinegar to a cool bath and soaking for ten minutes can help the discomfort of sunburn.
- Tired feet can be revived with a massage of cider vinegar.
- Apparently, mixing 2 teaspoons of raw cider vinegar with 500ml water and sipping throughout the day is a powerful detox drink. Studies have suggested it boosts circulation and help detoxify the liver. Furthermore, it regulates the body’s pH which helps maintain the ideal alkaline balance for fighting infection.
- Research also suggests that cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucus and congestion. Again, a powerful mixture of cider vinegar and raw honey is suggested to help hayfever.
- Natural remedy experts suggest that a teaspoon of cider vinegar followed by a glass of water can relieve heartburn. Seems strange but cider vinegar boosts alkalinity. NB. this would not be recommended if have a stomach ulcer.
- Sipping the water/vinegar mix is also reputed to relieve symptoms of yeast overload such as thrush or candida which can lead to sugar cravings, poor memory or fatigue.
- There are loads of ways to use raw cider vinegar to treat fungal nail in this post here from home remedies for life.
Around the house
- Cider vinegar is a wonderful natural cleaner and leaves your rooms smelling of apples. Pour cider vinegar into the toilet and leave it overnight. You can also mix 1 part vinegar to two parts water and use as a multi-surface cleaner or cleaner for mirrors and windows.
- It is also reputed to help repel dog fleas. Use the one part vinegar and one part water solution and spray onto the pet’s fur (avoiding their eyes). Be generous with the mixture and continue every few days to get rid of a flea infestation. However, it won’t treat carpets or furnishings but is a good natural treatment for your pet.
- Use a spot of vinegar on a cloth to clean your keyboard. It cleans them, helps kill bacteria and leaves them shiny.
- Clean your kettle by boiling 750ml of vinegar for 5 minutes then let sit overnight. Rinse in the morning before anyone accidentally uses the water.
- Clean water stained furniture with cider vinegar to remove.
- Clean scissors with vinegar not water, which can lead to rust.
- Use instead of bleach on mildew around the bath or shower.
- Revive rugs by spritzing with a water/vinegar solution and leaving for one hour before vacuuming.
- Remove carpet stains by adding 2 tablespoons of salt to vinegar and rubbing onto hte stain. Leave to dry then vacuum.
- Use straight vinegar to clean stainless steel.
- Make a natural wood cleaner by mixing 60ml of vinegar with 500ml of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and using as a polish to shine.
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