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There are so many benefits to Apple Cider Vinegar for health, household uses, for your skin, hair, cooking, and so much more. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile products you can have on hand at home.

You can use Apple Cider Vinegar in all sorts of ways. We are going to share some of our favorite uses for Apple Cider Vinegar with you today. We think you will find that it becomes one of your favorite products to have on hand and we always have it in stock at Tastealotta.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Benefits Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar can have some health benefits to people and dogs.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar can lower blood sugar, if fact there are a few studies that show just that. It can improve insulin sensitivity but you should first check with your healthcare provider before using apple cider vinegar if you are on diabetes medication.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can soothe a sore throat, try gargling with apple cider vinegar, it has antibacterial properties that could help kill harmful bacteria that may be causing your sore throat.
  • You can use Apple Cider Vinegar in your bath much like bath salts. If you want to try this, start slow and add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bathwater and have a good soak. Your bath can help pull out impurities, so be careful when you first get out, because like with bath salts or Epsom salt you might be a little light-headed.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can be used in place of commercial mouthwashes, just make sure you dilute it with water and a typical ratio is 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of water. Straight vinegar can harm your teeth’ enamel.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can also possibly assist with weight loss since it can make some people feel full when they drink apple cider vinegar added to water. My favorite apple cider vinegar drink is 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. I just drink it before meals and also during the day when I know my stomach acid is low.
  • You can add a dilution of 3 parts water 1 part of Apple Cider Vinegar to help with digestion issues with your dog when they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t.

Cooking & Baking with Apple Cider Vinegar

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There are so many ways to use apple cider vinegar in cooking and baking. Apple cider vinegar is used for preserving food to be handy for many baking recipes. We’ll share some of our favorites with you today.

  • You can use Apple Cider Vinegar to preserve food, in fact, it’s one of the main pickling agents used for hundreds of years. Apple cider vinegar works by making food more acidic and deactivates enzymes and bacteria that can cause food to spoil. There are some great recipes that we have shared in the past for pickling that used apple cider vinegar.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is great base for salad dressing and is healthier than most store-bought dressings. Team it up with one of our wonderful olive oils and you have a tasty and healthy vinaigrette.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar makes for better hard-boiled eggs because it helps the egg whites’ firm up more quickly.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is a great base for a lot of marinades, especially for steak. The Apple Cider Vinegar in a marinade gives a sweet-sour flavor combination.
  • Many soup recipes can be made livelier with the addition of Apple Cider Vinegar. Soup recipes for French Onion Soup and many beef-based soups have vinegar as one of their ingredients.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is used as a flavor and texture enhancer in baking and used for a substitute for eggs in vegan recipes.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Beauty Routines

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Believe it or not, Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for many of your beauty routines and we share some of our favorites below.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar makes a very good facial toner to help close pores, regulate the PH level of your skin, remedy some skin conditions, and as an adjunct method to support graceful skin aging. The usual ratio for making your own facial toner is 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 parts water. If you have very sensitive skin you might want to increase the dilution.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar makes a very good hair rinse. It can help detangle hair, especially curly hair, remove product buildup, and add shine to your hair. There are so many commercial Apple Cider Vinegar shampoos and conditioners on the market today and it is very simple to make your own with 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 parts water. You can add Apple Cider Vinegar to your favorite shampoo and conditioner and see the results. If you have a sensitive scalp you will want to increase the dilution of your homemade hair rinse.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a dandruff treatment. We suggest 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and massage into your scalp prior to shampooing.

Apple Cider Vinegar Household Uses

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many ways you can use Apple Cider vinegar around the house as a substitute for many cleaning products and more.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar help trap fruit flies. Just take a mason jar and fill it 1/4 full with Apple Cider Vinegar and add a couple of squirts of dish detergent and then punch holes in the metal mason jar lid. The flies can get in the jar but they can’t escape and it makes a great way of ridding your home of fruit flies.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to wash pesticides off fruits and vegetables better than water.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can be a good treatment for fleas for your dog using 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and stray on your pet’s fur and rub in. It is also a great hot spot treatment on dogs using the same ratio and a spray bottle.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a dish rinse when washing your dishes by hand or added to your dishwasher rinse cycle for cleaner and streak-free dishes and glasses.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are getting you ready for trick or treat with a great Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that will make you the hit of the neighborhood this Halloween! We use our Tastealotta Extra Virgin Olive Oil in this recipe to make these cookies extra mouth-watering good!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour or half unbleached flour and half whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Tastealotta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat with a hand mixer or use a standing mixer to blend olive oil, brown sugar and mix till creamy.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract into the wet mixture until all ingredients are well combined, then add the pumpkin puree and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is well combined. Lastly fold in your chocolate chips.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or soup spoon, place about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough on the prepared baking pan or cookie sheet and use a fork to flatten.
  7. Bake your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for about 15 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and cool cookies on a wire rack.

This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies. We usually double this recipe for our family so there is plenty to snack on and for school lunches.

Be sure to come by Tastealotta to purchase your Apple Cider Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We will have a tasty recipe next month that features one of our favorite vinegars for a great dessert for Thanksgiving.