I get very excited about apple cider vinegar, hence me writing about it ahead of time. Apple cider vinegar is incredible. Not only does it have all sorts of health benefits and can fight off all sorts of ailments, it helps with household chores in a non-toxic way. And it’s just so easy to make and helps prevent waste when you have a glut or a lot of windfall.
For Health Issues, I use it…
To help with indigestion – I mix a tsp of bicarb with a small glass of ACV. Wait for the fizz to stop and gulp it down.
To help with diarhhoea - if the cause of the illness is due to a bacterial infection, the antibiotic properties of ACV can fight it off.
To ward off illness. At the first sign of illness, I mix one or two tbsp of ACV with a glass of water and drink it down.
To soothe a sore throat or cold symptoms. I mix one or tbsp of ACV with warm water and a tsp of honey.
There are claims that is helps fight more serious disease like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol and also weight issues.
In the kitchen, I use it….
To make a rinse to wash fruit and veg. Recipe below
To extract minerals from bones when making broths, I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
To make delicious and healthy salad dressings. Recipe below
As an antibacterial cleaner. Recipe below.
Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe
1 cup of sugar
1 litre of filtered water
Roughly chop the apples.
Place the apples in a large open-top jar.
Add a cup of sugar.
Pour in the filtered water and stir to mix it all together. Make sure the apples are covered with water. Add a little more water if necessary.
Cover the top with a breathable cloth and secure with an elastic band to keep flies away while letting the liquid breathe.
Leave for one week in a dark place.
Remove the apples once the liquid has become darker and cloudy.
Cover again and leave for 1 to two months in a dark place.
Once ready, transfer it to a bottle with a lid.
You’ll know that the fermentation has worked when you can see the ‘Mother’. This is the cloud of bacterial foam which forms during the fermentation process and is full of the wonderful enzymes and minerals which are so beneficial for your health.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit and Veg Wash
1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp ACV. Mix in a large bowl of water and leave fruit and veg to soak for 12 mins. Rinse well.
Apple Cider Vinegar Antibacterial Cleaner
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 9 parts water
Put into a spray bottle for ease of application
Spray sparingly onto kitchen surfaces and use a clean cloth to wipe.
Apple Cider Vinegar Healthy Salad Dressing
1 garlic clove , minced.
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
1/4 cup ACV
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juic.
1-2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil.
salt and pepper , to taste.
If you can’t make any of this yourself, I’ll be making some to sell
I’m doing a daily dance around my apple tree trying to encourage it to give me loads more healthy apples. If it’s anything like last year, there should be loads to go around!!