Better Health and Home with Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar

{I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heinz Vinegar. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.}

I’m a big groupie of a certain business guru and pretty often she talks about how her life is easier because of #CleanLiving.  This means eating and drinking things that are good for our body.  I cannot tell you how many times she’s mentioned that her day is always started with a glass of apple cider vinegar.  Yep, vinegar.  To drink.  Groupie that I am, I decided to try it so I poured a cup and soon after decided that I needed to find a different way to do this.  I picked up both the filtered and unfiltered versions of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar and got to work in the kitchen to come up with something of my own.

Because it’s good for you

Let’s start with why it’s so great to have apple cider vinegar in your diet: it’s been shown to sooth upset stomachs, helps with sinus drainage, helps with sore throats, and can boost your metabolism (source: MD-Health).  It’s still vinegar though, which is an ingredient with a very distinct flavor that needs to be considered when you’re looking at how to cook with it.

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Let’s cook with- Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

This unfiltered variety contains the “mother” of the vinegar which is a sediment full of living, beneficial enzymes (Yes, that floaty stuff at the bottom of the bottle is actually a GOOD thing!)  I wanted to take another shot at drinking it.  The easiest way to take this (and most standard) is to mix 2 tsp. of vinegar to 8-16 oz of hot water and, if you can have it, a tablespoon of honey.  It’s an acquired taste, but it’s good for you.  However it’s August and 80 degrees here in Ohio, so I wanted to come up with a drink of my own to take outside on my daily walks with the kids.

double apple vinegar tea
This was great with hot wings. Extra Tip: You can add 2 Tbsp. of ACV to your deep fryer while making wings to balance out some of the oil taste and add a little bit of zing.

Double Apple Vinegar Tea

You Will Need

  • 1 tsp. Heinz Unfilitered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. raw organic honey
  • 6 oz. strong green tea
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 oz. organic no-sugar-added apple juice

Let’s combine “superfoods”, shall we?  Apple Cider Vinegar, raw honey, and green tea are all great for your health.  Brew your tea.  This should be a strong batch, to your own taste.  Take your 6 oz of green tea and mix in the honey to dissolve it.  Add the vinegar, lemon juice, and apple juice to the tea and mix well.  This can now be taken hot or served over ice once cooled for a very nice cold treat.  If you have it on hand, the lemon juice can be replaced with one teaspoon of pomegranate juice for a completely different flavor.

If you’re ready to cook more with ACV and need more recipe ideas, check out the Heinz Vinegar Recipe website.

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Let’s Clean With- Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar

Heinz’s Apple Cider Vinegar is at 5% acidity, so it’s the perfect base for pickling and just right for adding to your salads, but I want to show you what this stuff is good for besides making awesome pickles and being spectacular for canning peppers.  This is my coffee pot after a coffee date.

dirty coffee pot dirty coffee pot

It’s stained and kinda gross.  The dish-washing liquid tends to just leave little streaks on top of that brown mess instead of lifting it off of the glass.  We’re going to make a coffee cleaning solution that will lift the stains from the pot.

Cut-Through-Coffee Cleaner

You Will Need

  • 1/4 cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2-3 drops liquid dish soap
  • Clean kitchen sponge

Mix your ingredients in a small container that you can easily dip your sponge into.  I’m using a small plastic dish.  Rinse out your coffee pot to remove any remaining coffee inside.  Dip your sponge into the cleaner and use the soft side of it to sponge on a very generous coating of the cleaner.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Soak your sponge with cleaner again.  Begin with the rough side of your sponge and begin scrubbing at the heavily stained areas and any metal embellishments on the pot.  Then use the soft side to clean all of the nooks and crannies.  Rise well before using again.

Clean Coffee Pot Clean Coffee Pot

Taadaa!  Isn’t that much better?  I bet you have a lot of cleaner left now, don’t you?  Go wild with it then.  Use the rest to clean your glass top stove, counters, and sink.  If you have a sprayer for your sink you can leave it sit in a small cup of this cleaner to help remove sediment and build-up in it. (This works great on shower heads too!)

Beauty Girl Chiming In On Other Benefits of ACV

Speaking of in the shower, the beauty-lover in me can’t resist this use for your leftover vinegar.  For your hair, mix one cup of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar with water and use it to rinse your hair to help remove build-up and dandruff.  It can help smooth the cuticle to make your hair shinier.  For your face, take a cotton swab dipped in the unfiltered vinegar and put it on that pimple that always shows up the night before a big meeting.  This helps to reduce the little sucker overnight so you’re ready to face your day.

Get more recipes and tips on the new Heinz Vinegar Pinterest page.

 

Brooke

I'm busy diving into motherhood stilettos-first while earning a modest living from my couch. I have an obsession with baking and a passion for handmade products. Connect with me on Google+.

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