Friday, March 01, 2019 by D. Samuelson
The word vinegar, says Survivalblog.com, is translated into “sour wine” in French, but that doesn’t mean that wine is the sole source of this versatile and healthful liquid. Vinegar starts with the fermentation of a “naturally sweet cider (whether grape, apple, grain, or another juice).” The first step is turning this vinegar into an alcoholic beverage called hard cider. When hard cider is fermented again, the end result is vinegar.
To begin your vinegar adventure, you can use vinegar starter materials, but organic fruit, fruit scraps, honey or sugar will work just as well. Make sure your water is not chlorinated and your containers are non-metal; quart mason jars are excellent. Instead of tight lids, cloth covers are needed to allow the air to circulate; cheesecloth works best. Apple cider vinegar is particularly healthy. According to The Vinegar Book, by Emily Thacker, apple cider vinegar helps the heart with a dose of pectin, has several enzymes, “more than thirty important nutrients, a dozen minerals, [and] over half a dozen vitamins and essential amino acids.” Make sure your apples are non-GMO and organic for the most healthful results.
You’ve just made a natural, healthful mixture that can be used in salad dressings, dips, sauces and soups and in many other culinary delights. But that’s not all – vinegar can help with sunburn and skin conditions. Add vinegar to cleaning cloths or sponges to take advantage of its antibacterial properties. It can also be used to clean “tea and coffee stains from pitchers, pots, mugs and glasses.” The time tested combination of vinegar and baking soda can clear out a stopped up toilet and, when used as a paste, help scour away mineral deposits.
Discover more healing properties of vinegar and other foods at Nutrients.news.