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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Is Raw Organic Apple Cider Better?
Organic apple cider vinegar is a healthy addition to your diet. Some uses for apple cider vinegar include relieving heartburn, joint aches and pains. Raw organic apple cider vinegar is unpasteurized and unfiltered.
Vinegar, specifically organic and raw apple cider vinegar, has become a much-talked about addition to various diets. Historically speaking, using vinegar for health and medicine is nothing new.
Even Roman soldiers drank vinegar during their travels because they felt it would keep them hale and hearty.
The practice likely went out of style along with other natural herbal methods until one day modern researchers realized our ancestors had a clue about staying healthy.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Basics
An organic cider vinegar begins with organic apples. What this means is that the key component (apple) hasnt been treated with chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Additionally, the harvesting and processing of organic cider vinegar is regulated in the United States by the USDA (and in other countries by their food administrators) so that the vinegar receives no artificial colors, sweeteners, aromatics, preservatives, etc.
Raw organic apple cider vinegar is vastly different than the cider vinegar you would normally buy at the supermarket for culinary use.
The raw form isnt pasteurized, isn't filterered, and is unheated; so it has much higher nutritional value than pasteurized and non-organic products.
Health Benefits and Uses for Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Proponents of apple cider vinegar tell us that it provides us with a lot of energy. Besides this, raw apple cider vinegar:
How to Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking organic apple cider vinegar by itself is pretty tart!
Mixing it with some water and organic honey seems to be a far preferable approach.
In this form it becomes a good choice in breakfast drinks.
Alternatively, sprinkle the vinegar on your salads, use it for pickling, or add it to marinades and sauces.
Making your Own Cider Vinegar
If you have access to organic apples you can actually make your own organic apple cider vinegar from scratch. Youll need fall apples to begin (early apples wont ferment properly). After gathering your fruit: wash it, mince and crush it up.
You want this as juicy as possible. Strain the resulting juice through a cheese- cloth. Continue until you have just under 5 gallons of juice.
To this foundation you will add wine yeast (NOT BREAD YEAST). Mix one packet of wine yeast with two Tbs. warm water and let it set. When it starts to bubble, add it to the apple juice. Pour the juice into five, gallon-sized containers no more than three quarters full. Place the lids on but do NOT close them.
Mix the blend every day for a month, keeping the containers between 60 and 80 degrees in a dark area. By the last week, you should be smelling the distinct aroma of vinegar.
If you want to store any of this vinegar for later use, you will need to strain out the clearer liquid from the top of the vessels. That liquid can be frozen or canned in sterilized containers. The remaining vinegar can be kept in the refrigerator, but it will continue to ferment slowly.
Cost of Buying Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
If you decide to buy, rather than make, organic apple cider vinegar youll be delighted to know that its very inexpensive. You can get 16 oz. for under $3.00 and 32 oz for under $5.00 at most organic food suppliers.
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