How is it Produced?
Apple cider vinegar has historically been a by-product of hard (alcoholic) cider production. Juice is extracted by crushing and pressing ripe apples. Bacteria and yeast are added to encourage the first alcoholic fermentation that produces hard cider. The hard cider then goes on to a secondary fermentation where the sugars in the alcohol are converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria—this gives apple cider vinegar its sour taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar’s Fruity Flavour
One of its most appealing characteristics is its slightly sweet, fruity flavour. This is achieved by stopping the secondary fermentation process before all the sugars have been converted to vinegar. Good quality apple cider vinegar will have subtle notes of sweet honey and caramel beyond the predominate fruitiness. Apple cider vinegar is a crystalline, bright, golden amber colour.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Research suggests that regular consumption of apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss. It is thought that apple cider vinegar promotes a feeling of satiety after eating.
Early research also suggests that another health benefit of apple cider vinegar is in lowering glucose levels in Type 2 diabetics. Studies also link apple cider vinegar to slowed growth in cancer cells. Drinking apple cider vinegar daily is easy—simply mix 2 teaspoons with either water or juice. Using apple cider vinegar in cooking is beneficial because acetic acid is known to aid the absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat.
Apple Cider Vinegar in Cooking
- Vinaigrette – Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- Preserving – Kevin West’s Peach Chutney
- Cooking – Apple Cider Chicken, Glazed Ham, or Memphis Style Barbecue Sauce
- Baking – Gluten-Free Banana Carrot Muffins
Not Just for Eating
Using apple cider vinegar on hair is also excellent for boosting body and shine. When diluted with water it can be used as a rinse after shampooing. The diluted vinegar also has the same brightening effect when used as a facial toner. It is also highly effective for taking the sting out of sunburn when added to bath water.
It is excellent for removing pesticides and bacteria from fresh produce when used as a rinse by combining 1 tablespoon of vinegar with a gallon of water.