10,000 years ago, our ancient ancestors came upon a versatile product that would enable longer and healthier food preservation, aid in detoxifying the body, help to prevent against viruses, and provide a burst of flavor to greens, pasta dishes, and veggies. That product was discovered by chance when a cask of wine was allowed to oxidize, resulting in the birth of vinegar. It became an immediate sensation, recognized for its remarkable versatility, and today continues to be widely used by green-minded health nuts and foodies.
This accidental breakthrough–that grape wine, left to sour, will ferment to create a rich bioactive solution with potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties–soon lead to the discovery that vinegar can be made from virtually any carbohydrate that can be fermented, including potatoes, dates, beets, coconuts, and apples.
At the Coop, one of our favorite vinegars is Apple Cider Vinegar, from Nectar Hills Farm, located in Otsego County in upstate New York.
This organic vinegar is both delicious–tangy and fruity; a tasty addition to salads, chutneys, marinades and tomato sauces–and offers numerous applications for cleaning, preserving and enhancing the flavor of certain foods; its acidic properties act as a homespun preservative for fruits and veggies, and help to tenderize and kill bacteria on meats before cooking.
The culinary uses of apple cider vinegar are nearly endless–certainly more than we can shake a stick at (or more than can be summarized concisely in a single post)–and equally impressive are the health benefits that the vinegar imparts.
As the most popular vinegar in the natural health community, apple cider vinegar is unmatched in its range of health-giving properties, from removing stains from teeth (rub teeth directly with vinegar, rinse with water), helping to detoxify the liver (take 1 tablespoon daily, diluted with water), preventing acid reflux (1 tablespoon daily, with water), and reducing blemishes, age spots or acne scars from skin (spread vinegar, diluted with 2-parts water, over face with cotton ball or washcloth).
With such useful culinary and medicinal applications, apple cider vinegar is an all-natural product you can feel good about keeping at home–in both your kitchen cupboard and medicine cabinet. We’re proud to offer Apple Cider Vinegar from Nectar Hills Farm, made from organic New York state-grown apples, and we hope you enjoy the benefits of this high quality multi-purpose product.