Nuts about vinegar

Vinegar

What is it? Where did it come from?

  • Before barley was grown to make beer
  • Before Mesopotamia was engulfed in a terrible flood
  • Before Sumeria had wheeled vehicles

Fruit was placed in a jar, a short time later this fruit ferments, creating an alcoholic drink we call wine.

A little later wine is left in the open air, creating another fermenting process. The first jar of vinegar is made. That sharp crisp wine has turned into an acidic tasting drink. This particular drink would end being a cure for many aches and pains and have numerous other uses.

What is Vinegar?

Basically put, vinegar is made from wine (or any alcoholic beverage), created by acetous fermentation. Meaning the alcohol reacts with the oxygen present in the air. Alcohol vanishes (changed into acetic acid and water).

The taste that is characteristic to vinegar is acetic acid, this comes from small micro-organism, vinegar bacillus. This can be found in the air everywhere.

The fermentation process, for many, is where the healing abilities are thought to come from. Even though the pickling of fruit was originally to stop them from rotting, it actually increases the nutritional value.

The Elixir of Life

So You Want to Live Forever

Packed with essential amino acids, cider vinegar has been the golden liquid with many health giving enzymes. Many people have thought of it as a natural source of vitamins and minerals, to cure many aches and pains, and even lengthen life.

Modern medicine is based around ill health, in order to respond with sickness. But a healthy body is maintained by activities and a good diet. Maintaining that level of health requires a diet rich in nutrients and vitamins. This can be done with a healthy varied diet, meeting all the nutritional requirements and containing the important trace elements it needs.

Health Tonic

Cider has a reputation for being quite magical, as well as one of the most healthy fluids you can take. It's perfect for good health because it contains so many of the healthy minerals, vitamins and essential amino acids we need.

A scientist will tell you that we need very small amounts of various compounds to stay fit and healthy. If we miss, even a micro-gram out of our diet, this will result in sickness, loss of awareness and premature ageing. That is why we constantly told to have a varied diet.

Staying Healthy with Apple Cider Vinegar

For a longer life try: Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a full glass of water and drink it.

Keeping healthy and alert into old age: 1 teaspoon of honey; 1 teaspoon of vinegar; Full glass of water; Mix it up, take this particular tonic 3 times a day, and half an hour before you eat.

To keep able bodied and live a vigorous life: Take this vinegar tonic slowly before each meal: 1 cup of warm water; 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar; 1 teaspoon of honey.

The most agreeable form of taking apple cider vinegar is to drizzle over a salad: Add a small dollop of clover honey to a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of olive oil.

The Disease Fighter

Fighting Disease with Apple Cider Vinegar

The cure and prevention of many of life's ailments can be cured with the use of apple cider vinegar. Banishing things such as arthritis, preventing the onset of cancer, stalling osteoporosis, killing infections, improving digestion and skin quality, controlling weight and prevent the ageing of the mind.

Cider vinegar with its germ killing acids and sharpness in taste, is taken from apple juice which is slowly fermented, the golden colour comes from tannins which comes from the burst cell walls of the apples. These preservatives occur when they come into contact with the air, giving cider its golden colour (also called enzymatic browning). Giving the cider a sharp bite than your average apple juice.

Apple Cider Vinegar - How is it Made?

After apple juice has been fermented into alcoholic cider, it goes through another fermentation process to form apple cider vinegar.

What does it Contain?

  • More than thirty key nutrients
  • Dozen Minerals
  • Over half a dozen vitamins and essential acids
  • Several enzymes
  • Large dose of pectin

Cooking With Vinegar

For Flavour

A simple dash of vinegar can change a simple dish into something more gourmet. The acid found in vinegar softens the muscle fibre found in meat. Also works wonders on fish, vegetables, fruits, oysters and lobster. Vinegar will break down the cellulose found in vegetables such as celery and lettuce as well as cabbage and spinach. Vinegar also works well in soup, pasta add to a bean salad to give it that extra kick. Goes brilliantly over meat, tenderizing it. Using a cheaper cut of meat will help you cut down on cost.

Spiced Mushrooms

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon of ginger

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce

1 teaspoon of soy sauce

1/2 cup of cider vinegar

1 pound (450g) of fresh mushrooms

Blanch mushrooms in boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain and gently pat dry. Add all ingredients into a jar and place in the fridge overnight.

These can be piled on toast or placed on spinach leaves.

Vinegar Fish Broth

4 thyme Leaves

2 small onions

3 small cut up carrots

1 tablespoon of salt

1 cup of vinegar

4 (2 litres) of water

Using a large pan, bring the water to the boil. Add the rest of the ingredients and 5 pounds (2.5kg) pieces of trout or salmon. Simmering gently, until the fish is barely tender. Adding a few sprigs of parsley and some peppercorns.

Fish is easier to descale if vinegar is rubbed all over, letting it rest for 5 minutes before descaling.

Beauty

Vinegar is a natural and inexpensive treatment for both skin and hair. Problem skin can have its acidity restored clearing up problems such as acne, flaking, dryness and itching.

Age Spots can be reduced by mixing vinegar and onion juice equal parts together. Then applying to the age spot. After several weeks of application the age spot should appear reduced.

Itchy skin can be relieved by soaking in a bath of 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Soaking for a good 15 minutes to feel the full benefit of the apple cider vinegar.

The Cleanser

Mix half vinegar, half water to cleanse your face, letting your face dry naturally to seal in the moisture.

The Toner

Use vinegar straight onto a cotton pad to remove excess oil and dirt from your face.

A Healthier Head of Hair

As a conditioner: By adding a tablespoon of vinegar to your hair as you rinse it out, will improve the shine of your hair.

Controlling dandruff: Again by using vinegar directly on your scalp and massaging it gently, several times a week before your shampoo. Will help control dandruff.

The next time you put vinegar on your fish and chips or add it to your salad. Think about its other wonderful uses.

© 2013 Helen Bolam

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