BY LISA S.T. DOSS
Vinegar is one of the most magical ingredients in your household! If you should possess one gallon in your pantry, the following information should encourage you to buy or desire to make more!
What is the Difference Between Types of Vinegar?
Even though all titles include the word “vinegar,” they are not interchangeable!
Standard white vinegar, termed distilled, contains between four to seven percent acetic acid and water! Made from the formation of grain alcohol, it is a staple ingredient for cooking, baking and pickling vegetables. Due to its antimicrobial properties, one cup vinegar to three cups water serves as an effective cleaner and disinfectant in the home. Other purposes include relieving sunburn pain, improving the life of fresh-cut flowers and cleaning block countertops, small appliances and tarnished metals.
Clean Your Microwave: To eliminate odors or food, combine ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar and one cup of water. Microwave on high until the mixture boils and steams the glass. Allow to cool for a few minutes; then, wipe the inner walls and plate clean!
Improve the Smell of Your Drain: Once weekly, pour one cup of distilled, white vinegar down the drain and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Afterward, rinse with cold water.
Tip: Never use vinegar to clean granite or marble countertops, stone tiles, wood furniture, dishwashers and egg spills. When mixed with bleach, the result is a toxic gas; therefore, do not wash clothes combining bleach and vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Created by extracting the liquid from crushed apples in a two-step fermentation process, the coloring appears murky. The nutrition from the fruit includes beta-carotene, calcium, iron and potassium as well as enzymes and amino acids from fermentation. As a result, the health benefits span from cell and tissue growth to healthy bones and heart. Every aspect of the liquid boosts a positive response to either prevent age-related illnesses or common digestive disorders! Home remedies use it to clear congestion, alleviate athlete’s foot, avoid morning sickness, ease a headache or relieve a sore throat.
A Tablespoon Daily: Studies prove drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) daily promotes weight loss, if consistent. One tablespoon, after three months, led to a reduction of 2.6 pounds, while two tablespoons shed 3.7 pounds.
Reduce Night Sweats or Fever: Acids from ACV draw out heat from the body due to fever and night sweats while replenishing the body with minerals to maintain hydration. Either sponge the body down with apple cider vinegar before going to bed or add a half cup to a warm bath and soak.
Soothe a Sore Throat: Combine an equal solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Stir and gargle!
Heal Burns: By pouring ACV onto a burn, it will aid to minimize inflammation and swelling while reducing soreness.
Red Wine Vinegar
As a high potency antioxidant found on the skin of grapes, red wine vinegar (RWV) has two ingredients – resveratrol and acetic acid. Through using red wine vinegar in meals and salads, it can slow down the aging process, promote weight loss and stabilize blood sugar. RWV also contains calcium and magnesium, a proponent in increasing bone density.
Two Tablespoons Daily: A study focusing on adults with insulin resistance discovered consuming two tablespoons of RWV before a carbohydrate-enriched meal reduced blood sugar by 64% while increasing insulin by 34%. A daily dose guarantees the rewards of good health!
Other Herb Vinegars
Beyond a pantry staple and an appreciative gift for your friends, you’ll discover having a small variety of vinegar readily available can boost flavoring in a meal or apply as a healing remedy.
Look at the benefits of each herbal infused vinegar:
- Thyme Vinegar: Contains vitamins A and C, iron and magnesium. In possessing antiseptic properties, the liquid can subdue coughing and aid digestion difficulties.
- Oregano Vinegar: As an antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent, oregano fights infections! Consumption would fight bacteria, viruses, especially colds and flu.
- Sage Vinegar: Rich in anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant compounds, consumption of the liquid aids brain, heart and oral health, and promotes wound healing.
- Rosemary Vinegar: Calcium, magnesium and potassium balance fluids surrounding nerves and heart tissue, and lower blood pressure.
Rather than buy plastic jugs and glass containers, research how to make it yourself! Of the two methods, seek out using heat! All it takes is 20 minutes of your time and waiting until ready to use!