Vinegar is used for preserving food, as a condiment, salad dressing, medicinally, as a disinfectant and as a cleaner. There are numerous types of vinegars on the market, but for the purposes of this post, we will only consider white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar. White vinegar will store almost indefinitely if tightly sealed in a glass or plastic bottle with a plastic lid. The acid in vinegar will destroy enamel-coated metal caps over time. White vinegar works well for pickling and most other uses.
Apple cider vinegar is sold in two types: one is a cider flavored distilled acetic acid, the other is a true cider vinegar fermented from hard cider. Fermented apple cider vinegar will occasionally form a cloudy substance. This is not harmful and can be filtered out prior to use or consumed. The cloudy substance is called Mother of Vinegar and can be used to make more vinegar. If vinegar starts to smell bad, throw it away. If you are using vinegar for any type of medical purpose, make sure you get real apple cider vinegar and not the imitation.
- For Arthritis, take 2 spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water several times daily.
- Sunburns: apply ice cold vinegar right away for fast relief.
- Add a spoonful of vinegar to cooking water to make cauliflower white and clean.
- Storing cheese: keep it fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.
- Rinse glasses and dishes in water and vinegar to remove spots and film.
- To eliminate mildew, dust and odors, wipe down walls with vinegar-soaked cloth.
- Clean windows with vinegar and water.
- Clean breadboxes and food containers with vinegar-dampened cloth to keep fresh smelling and clean.
- An excellent all-purpose cleaner: vinegar mixed with salt. Cleans copper, bronze, brass, dishes, pots, pans, skillets, glasses, windows. Rinse well.
- Apple cider vinegar and honey as a cure-all: use to prevent apathy, obesity, hay fever, asthma, rashes, food poisoning, heartburn, sore throat, bad eyesight, dandruff, brittle nails and bad breath.
- To remove lime coating on your tea kettle; add vinegar to the water and let stand overnight.
- Clean jars with vinegar and water to remove odor.
- Preserve peppers: put freshly picked peppers in a sterilized jar and finish filling with vinegar.
- Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
- Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup vinegar for a two to three pound roast, marinate overnight, then cook without draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs to the vinegar when marinating as desired.
As you can see, vinegar has many uses. This is only a partial list. In the past vinegar was highly prized for many uses and belongs in your storage. It is inexpensive and can be stored for several years in its original containers. In the future, I plan to attempt to make apple cider vinegar. This is a product that belongs in your storage.