I consider myself a frugal gal. I’m always looking for a deal. I won’t shop without a coupon and I like DIY. I try to stretch the value of a buck as far as I can – and thanks to vinegar, our money lasts a little longer.
Vinegar has been around for over 10,000 years and is so popular that there is even a Vinegar Museum in South Dakota. It’s all natural, economical, and environmentally friendly. It can be used in a variety of different applications, from cooking and cleaning, to our health and our gardens.
My Favorite Vinegar tricks!
FOOD AND COOKING:
Studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetites and food intake, which helps prevent weight gain and obesity. A study from the University of Milan in Italy showed that when vinegar was consumed in a salad dressing at a meal, it depressed the glucose response of white bread by over 31%. So mix vinegar into your salad dressings, dipping sauces, or even just mix a little with water and drink it before your next meal.
To make your fruits and vegetables last longer, create a mixture of 1 TBSP of vinegar and 1 ½ quarts of water. Swirl your produce in the concoction; drain, rinse and dry! The vinegar will kill any mold spores and other bacteria that’s on your fruits and veggies.
Add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to your water when boiling or steaming beans and vegetables. This will help your foods keep their color better and will reduce its gassy element.
When you hard boil your eggs, add 1 TBSP of vinegar. This will keep your eggs from cracking while boiling and will help them peel easier when you’re ready for them. When poaching your eggs, keep the whites together by adding a little distilled vinegar to the water.
To tenderize any tough cut or inexpensive meat, add vinegar to your marinade. You can also add a tablespoon of white vinegar to your water when boiling ribs or stews for extra tender meat!
HEALTH: (there is also a great book with over 400 uses you have never thought of!)
For a sore throat, gargle with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water, and honey.
To stop the hiccups, drink a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar.
Dandruff? Massage white distilled vinegar on your scalp. Rinse and wash with your normal shampoo.
Mix 2 TSP of apple cider vinegar with your conditioner to leave your hair clean and shinny.
You can reduce the color of your freckles (body, not face) by rubbing full strength white distilled vinegar on them.
Tone your facial skin with equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.
Whiten your teeth and get rid of that bad breath by brushing a couple times a week with white distilled vinegar.
Make your nail polish last longer by wiping your nail with a cotton ball dipped into white distilled vinegar before you put your polish on.
Soothe your sunburn and possibly prevent it from blistering and peeling by spraying yourself with cool white distilled vinegar.