10 Genius Ways to Use Apple-Cider Vinegar
Apple-cider vinegar is one of our favorite super-versatile pantry staples. Derived from fermented apple cider, it’s tangy and slightly sweet. Most importantly, it has all kinds of unexpected uses in the kitchen and beyond.
1. Shake Up a Cocktail
Made with water, fresh ginger, and cider vinegar, switchels were the thirsty farmer’s drink of choice back in the 19th century. We’ve updated the switchel with sorghum syrup and rye whiskey for cocktail hour in the 21st century.
2. Bake a Pie
Craving apple pie but don’t have any apples? No problem! Borrow a technique from the covered wagon days and use cider vinegar instead. Fresh fruit was hard to come by back then, and as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention.
3. Braise Meat
Team apple-cider vinegar with sugar and garlic to make a delicious braising liquid for pork chops. It both flavors and tenderizes the meat. You can also get equally delectable results with chicken thighs.
4. Make a Reduction
Boil cider vinegar with honey and fennel seeds into a syrupy, irresistible sauce that amps up everything from grilled meats and vegetables to fruit salads and cheese plates.
5. Brew a Tonic
Love drinking apple-cider vinegar for the health benefits? Take it to the next level with this immunity-boosting tonic that combines the vinegar with ginseng, ginger, horseradish, cayenne, and honey.
7. Break a Fever
The next time you need a home remedy for a rising temperature, try diluting apple-cider vinegar with water, dipping a washcloth in it, and applying to the arms, legs, and torso. The acidity helps stimulate heat loss as the mixture evaporates off the skin.
8. Prevent Breakouts
Apple-cider vinegar’s high acid content makes it an ideal bacteria-fighting skincare partner. Combine with skin-clarifying fresh parsley and soothing tea tree oil for an all-natural acne remedy.
10. Get Rid of Fruit Flies
One of Martha’s most popular homekeeping tips! All you need is a bowl, a needle, plastic wrap, and cider vinegar to say so long and goodbye to those pesky fruit flies.