The name may sound intimidating to those not in the know, but this product is simply a vinegar that’s made out of apples, sugar, and yeast – and it’s a secret weapon ingredient when it comes to stocking a healthy kitchen. While the apple cider vinegar itself doesn’t have any particular nutritional value, it has been purported to have multiple health benefits. Thanks to its reported effect on insulin sensitivity, it’s said to be able to help manage blood sugar levels, while it’s also often been used as a tool to aid weight loss, thanks to its ability to help consumers feel full. It’s also been said to help cure everything from an upset tummy and hiccups to combating indigestion, and stuffy noses, soothing sore throats, or even clearing acne or getting rid of dandruff.
How do you use it?
While it can be drunk on its own in very small amounts (if you can handle the acerbic taste for its reported benefits), it’s most commonly used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, chutneys, and the like, wherein it gives them a sharp and zesty kick. It can also be used in various drink mixes, but if you really want to get creative with its use, there’s a whole other realm of cooking that it can really aid in: Use it to make brine to pickle certain foods (or create devilled eggs), or add it into slaws and stews for a certain “je ne sais quoi”. It’s also an excellent ingredient in healthy cooking and baking, wherein its resulting chemical reaction when mixed with baking soda helps bread and cakes to rise while they cook.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it can also be used as part of the ingredients list for chemical-free and non-toxic cleaning products – and the bacteria banishment means it can also be used as a mouthwash to beat bad breath. While the length of its fermentation time differs by season, it typically takes around 35-40 pieces of fruit to make a gallon of the stuff.