Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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"Clueless" Guide To Vinegar

Did you know that there are many types of vinegar? They each have their own uniqueness. One thing they all have in common is that tart acidic taste. Most people will only use them for use in the kitchen but there are other uses as well. I'm going to share some of the ones that I use often from cleaning to skincare.

White Vinegar: clear colorless made from assorted grains 

This is the most common type of vinegar used in just about every household. I don't necessarily "cook" with it but I have made a few recipes with it.

-Haitian Pikliz
-Epis (Haitian Herb Blend)
-Dill Pickles

It's also great for cleaning purposes. No need to go out and buy toxic ingredients. Mix equal parts with water and your favorite essential oils and you're good to go. Check out some of my DIY's below.

-Cleaning Products
-Make-Up Brush Cleaner

Red (White- not pictured) Wine Vinegar: made from red or white wines

This is what I mostly cook with, use as marinade, and make salad dressings. I love that I can use it several different ways. I'm a sucker for ingredients that pulls multiple duties. If you're looking for recipes using red wine vinegar check out some of the meaty dishes here and meatless ones here

Apple Cider Vinegar: a strong brownish vinegar made from apples

Look at it, looking like apple juice. Don't let it fool ya. It took a long time for me and this one to get along. Many of us naturalistas use this for our hair. I really wasn't a fan of it because of the smell.

However, it's a huge part of my skincare regimen and I use it once a month on my hair.

This is another one that I don't really use for cooking. I did make this pickled recipe but I didn't like it.  I tried and I just wasn't feeling it. I mostly use it for hair and skin.

There was this one time I took it internally. Let me tell you what happened. I made an ACV detox recipe and it was the last time I did that because afterwards I felt like...

I just drank HELL. First feeling it in my throat then my stomach. It was horrible. 

ACV has many health benefits but you know the saying "too much of a good thing is bad for you". While researching, the side effect claims are a weaken tooth enamel, upset stomach, low potassium, and more. Proceed with caution.

Balsamic, beer, rice, malt, and more are the the other types of vinegars. What are your favorites and what do you use them for?


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