Apple cider vinegar has a distinctive fruity taste and not only packs a big nutritional punch, it’s really useful in a whole variety of ways.
To start with, if you have some festive dinners planned, this recipe for Beurre Blanc could be great to keep up your sleeve. It’s quick, uses minimal ingredients and tastes a million dollars.
Take a look at this stunning recipe tutorial. It uses wine and wine vinegar, but we would recommend subbing cider vinegar and fruity Silly Moo Cider to make it really multi-functional if you’re feeding veggies, vegans and omnivores alike. The cider version has a richer, softer flavour that doesn’t drown out delicate veggies or white meats.
You don’t have to be Victoria Beckham and drink it straight to benefit from ACV’s amazing properties. Raw enzymes promote good bacteria in the digestive tract and it’s said to stabilise blood sugar and boost metabolism.
For centuries, cider vinegar has been a household staple for cooking, cleaning and medicinal needs. It’s an effective beauty product and all round essential…from treating itchy eczema to shiny hair.
Professional chefs always keep a bottle to 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. The cloudiness can look a little bit offputting, but that’s where you gain the most benefit.
7 Effective Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar in Cooking:
- Salad Dressing
- Sauce to add piquancy
- Boiled Eggs (to prevent eggs cracking whilst boiling – see more>>>)
- Marinades to tenderise tough meat fibres
- On your fish and chips!
- Good as a raising agent in Vegan cooking
AROUND THE HOUSE
Another great use for Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural cleaning ingredient!
- 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 the 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.
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.
Elderberries have been used for centuries as an immune boosting ingredient in traditional medicine throughout Europe and the Americas. Probably, as studies have shown, they are have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Jane, one of our famous Hedgewitches, combines raw elderberries with cider vinegar and stevia to create her beautiful immune boosting vinegar.
Raw and preservative free, a spoonful of this a day should keep the lurgies away.
It’s great to toss into salads. They can be used to make a delicious tea or syrup. They can also be added to baked goods such as muffins and pancakes, as well as herbal remedies.
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