5 Forgotten Things Your Grandma Did With Apple Cider Vinegar

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While in today’s world apple cider vinegar is mostly overlooked, to my grandmother, it was more of that “good old-fashioned medicine.”

She raised children during the Great Depression, which made her not only tough as heck, but a bit strange about some things. She saw little use for doctors most of the time and thought just about everything could be cured with folk remedies like apple cider vinegar.

I remember on most mornings my grandmother would drink hot water with a good dose of ACV in it before she had her morning coffee. Honestly, I don’t know how she managed it, but I suppose she had become accustomed to it. She claimed that it cured her stomach problems, although I’m not sure if she actually had any or if the ACV prevented her from having any!

I bet many of you remember your grandmother using ACV in various ways, too.

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Let’s take a look at the top 5 ways that our ancestors put apple cider vinegar to work.

1. Dandruff cure

Many people believed that mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water would stop dandruff. While I was unable to find any studies to back up this claim, there are thousands of testimonials online which say that it works. When you consider that the main compound in ACV is acetic acid, which can kill bacteria and fungus, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched that rinsing your hair with ACV after shampooing could work to eliminate, or at least reduce, dandruff.

2. Toenail fungus

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The story is that, if you soak your feet every single night in ACV, then it will kill toenail fungus in “a few weeks.” Again, I could find no studies proving this is true, but the amounts of online testimonials is overwhelming. The length of time is questionable (how long is a “few” weeks?) However, there is no denying that this has worked for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people.

3. Mother nature’s skin conditioner

While I don’t remember my grandmother doing this, I know my mother did. She wouldn’t dream of paying for an expensive astringent or cleaning product for her face, but she used a diluted mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. She used it just like an astringent, applying it with a cotton ball, and then she used her favorite face cream — every night. I have to admit that my mother had beautiful clear skin and did not suffer from age spots or an excessive amount of wrinkles. Whether it was due to the ACV or good genes, I’m not sure, but I do know that she recommended it whenever someone complimented her skin.

4. “Good for what ails you”

I was fortunate that my mother never forced me to drink ACV, although she often encouraged me to drink it every time I caught a cold or had a fever. As I got older, I remember telling her that ACV would not work against a cold because it was caused by a virus. Her reply was always the same: “It’s good for what ails you. And if nothing ails you, it’s good for you anyway!” My mother always drank some with hot water, just like my grandmother, every time she got sick.

5. Heartburn and other digestive issues

ACV has long been a recommendation for digestive problems. As I mentioned, my grandmother drank it for this purpose. My husband tells me that his father used it on salads or vegetables at dinner to help prevent heartburn, and if that was insufficient, he took a swig right from the bottle. Wow! I don’t know how he could manage that, but men were tough in the olden days! I could not find any data to back up this very old and trusted folk remedy; however, hundreds of thousands of people can’t be wrong, can they?

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The Old-Timer’s Secret Way To Remove Skunk Odor (Hint: It’s Not Tomato Juice)

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It’s nearly winter, which means skunk families will be moving in close to food supplies. This means your chicken coop, sheds and barn. With these stinky creatures so close, it’s a matter of time before the family dog gets sprayed or worse yet, the person who startles them. Knowing how to effectively remove skunk odor will come in handy.

When outside I’ve seen skunks just leaving the chicken yard. I always make sure to give them plenty of leeway, but sometimes the farm dog doesn’t!

Buddy was a chocolate lab we had several years ago. Bless his heart — he loved everything and everybody. We often found him loving up and protecting fawns, calves and rabbits. He even tried to love a skunk … once.

He saw it leaving the barn and went to check it out. Maybe he thought it was a cat. Anyway, he did his best “let’s be friends” routine but was only rewarded with a dastardly dose of skunk spray. I just couldn’t stop him in time.

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Did I mention Buddy slept indoors? Well, I couldn’t wait for the smell to wear off, so I turned to the time-honored remedy of my family.

We’ve used raw, organic apple cider vinegar on our homestead for all kinds of things. This was the first time in many, many years we had to use it to remove skunk odor, but I was sure glad we keep it made and on hand for just such an occasion.

You can use straight apple cider vinegar (ACV) and rinse your dog well immediately. Be aware, though, that ACV may burn sensitive skin. If your dog has this problem, then you should use a dilution of two parts water to one part ACV. Be careful around the face, as it will burn the eyes and nose.

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Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (and smelly). You can soak the clothes in white vinegar or ACV for a few hours and wash with hot water to remove the odor. It may take more than one soaking, depending on the how strong the oils from the spray are.

Wet your dog thoroughly before applying ACV or the ACV dilution. Work it through the hair and saturate to the skin. Let it sit on the dog for at least five minutes before rinsing well. If the dog was close enough to the skunk for the oils to be concentrated in the spray, you may have to repeat a second time.

Another Recipe

I like to learn everything I can from old-timers. I could sit and sip coffee all day while they share their experiences with me. One of my favorites, Mr. Ted, shared how he would remove skunk odor after I told him about Buddy’s run-in with the stinky-stripped scoundrel.

Here is his recipe:

Mix thoroughly in a jug or bucket:

  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide – 3 percent or higher
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap

Wet your dog thoroughly, and then apply the mixture to saturate to the skin. Let it sit for at least five minutes and rinse well. You may have to repeat if the oils are concentrated.

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As with ACV, be careful around the face. This solution has to be mixed just before you use it.

Remove Skunk Odor From Yourself

Both of these recipes for removing skunk odor will work on people and clothes. I’ve never been sprayed and hope to never be, but if I were, I would certainly use one of these to remove skunk odor from myself.

We’ve all been told to use tomato juice, lemon or orange juice. These don’t work as well. Tomato juice may be slightly effective, but it would take several baths to make any real difference. Can you imagine how much tomato juice it would take to coat a dog or cover a human body multiple times?  

I hope you never have to use either of these to remove skunk odor but if you do, at least you’ll be prepared and effective.

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8 Miraculous Healing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (No. 2 Alone Could Save Millions Of Lives)

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Golden brown and slightly hazy from the fine fibers floating inside, apple cider vinegar may seem unimpressive at first glance. From thousands of years, however, this unassuming panacea has been used to combat a wide variety of health problems.

And while not every Internet claim can be substantiated, scientific research continues to reveal legitimate ways vinegar can contribute to a healthier life, including the following eight great uses:

1. Treating ear infections

Few things are as painful as an ear infection. If you’re looking for relief for adults, though, the answer may be as close as your kitchen cabinet. Daily irrigating the ear with vinegar can kill off infection-causing germs, while also helping to dry out the ear canal. Some studies even suggest the treatment may be more effective than antibiotic drops when it comes to easing ear aches, although it does come with the potential for canal irritation that some participants said caused pain and dizziness.

2. Improving cardiovascular health

While so far the research connecting heart-health and vinegar remains somewhat inconclusive, some studies suggest that regularly ingesting modest amounts of vinegar may be good for your circulatory system’s star player. For example, researchers found that rats who received vinegar had lower blood pressure than their peers who were only given water. A different study found that participants who regularly consumed an oil and vinegar salad dressing also saw a lower risk of heart disease compared to the control group.

3. Reducing cancer risk

Apple cider vinegar is rich in the same polyphenols that have given wine and chocolate their new-found status as health foods. Known to combat against oxidative stress, these amazing molecules may even decrease the risk of developing certain forms of cancer.

4. Controlling glucose levels

Perhaps the most exciting research related to vinegar has to do with glucose control. Multiple studies have shown it to have an antiglycemic effect — that is, it reduced the glucose response to carbohydrates when taken before a meal.

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While scientists aren’t entirely sure why it works, there is some evidence to suggest vinegar may actually slow the progress of diabetes and ultimately provide important benefits to insulin-resistant individuals.

5. Relieving jellyfish stings

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A jellyfish sting is a fast way to ruin a pleasant day in the water. If you’ve been stung, vinegar should be an important part of your first response. Before attempting to remove any remaining tentacles, douse the site in vinegar. The acetic acid in vinegar deactivates any nematocysts (the dart-like cells that inject the venom) that haven’t already fired, preventing them from discharging additional venom into the victim. While urine or warm water can also be used, vinegar has the advantage of being readily available (no waiting for water to heat up) and highly sanitary (no rinsing yourself in someone else’s urine).

6. Losing weight

Vinegar may even provide a helpful boost when it comes to weight loss. Studies show that people who ingest vinegar in the morning go on to consume fewer calories during the day. They also tend to feel more full after meals and are less prone to between-meal hunger.

7. Cleaning produce

Everybody knows it’s important to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, but the very same leafy greens that are so good for your body are also favorite hiding places for illness-causing bacteria, like Listeria and E. Coli. Thankfully, the apple cider vinegar you already have in your pantry can be an easy solution to the invisible bad guys hanging out on your veggies. Because of its renowned antimicrobial properties, apple cider vinegar easily does a better job than water alone when it comes to cleaning produce, and is nearly on-par with chemical-based cleaners. Even with notoriously difficult-to-clean produce like lettuce and strawberries, studies have shown that vinegar is at least 90 percent successful at removing potentially dangerous microbes.

8. Caring for dentures

Keeping dentures clean isn’t only important for cosmetic reasons. Tiny micro-pores in the seemingly smooth surfaces of dentures can easily harbor dangerous microbes, which can cause not only oral disease, but systemic diseases as well. Simply brushing generally isn’t enough to keep these mouth-based bacteria at bay — dentures require a good soak on a regular basis. Rather than relying on fizzing tablets from the drugstore, consider using vinegar instead. Both bleach and vinegar have been found to be as effective as their effervescent stand-bys, but vinegar has the added benefit of not leaving behind harmful residue the way bleach can.

While apple cider vinegar is typically kept in a kitchen pantry, it has such a wide range of health-related uses, you may be tempted to keep it in the medicine cabinet instead. Inexpensive, natural, and readily available, incorporating it into your solutions for common problems can be a simple step towards a healthier life.

(For a detailed review of published studies related to the medicinal uses of vinegar, visit  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.)

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5 Quick Steps To Easy Apple Cider

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Autumn is here! And autumn means harvest time has come and is in full swing. To me, fall has always meant lots of apple pies, apple butter and apple sauce, as well as jugs full of apple cider and juice. There’s just nothing like a fresh-made, frothy mug of apple cider after a long day of harvesting and processing the fruits of my labors from the previous six to eight months.

It doesn’t matter if you have your own private orchard supplying you with all the apples you could want or if you’re raiding the local farmer’s markets. Either way, you can make your own apple cider and juice at home. Of course, if you do happen to have your own orchard, making cider is a great way to cut down on the waste you might experience, especially with those early summer apples that have gotten insect stung, pecked by birds or blown down in a windstorm.

You can make your own apple cider in two different ways. If you happen to have a juicer, you will cut your work down a bit more than if you don’t. But it’s still a good way to get everyone involved in the process and it lets the kids have a nice reward at the end of the day that they can see – and drink!

Steps to making apple cider

1. Gathering, Sorting & Preparing Your Fruit. This is the most time-consuming step in making apple cider. It is also the best step to get the kids involved in the process. Older kids can learn how to use a small paring knife while mom and/or dad are there to watch over them.

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  • Small children can be employed to gather the apples into small buckets or baskets, especially if they are windfall apples already on the ground.
  • Once the apples are gathered you will want to sort through them. You will want to cut off the bruises, peck holes and anything that you don’t think would be wanted in your finished product.
  • After you’ve sorted through the apples, wash them well in fresh water. If you happen to be using grocery store apples, you’ll want to add half a cup of vinegar to each gallon of water to remove the wax from the skin of the apple. The wax may make the apples look nice and it may not have a lot of flavor, but it could still taint your cider and we don’t want that.
  • Cut the apples up. There’s no need to peel or core the apples. However, if you’re worried about the seeds, then you can separate out the cores — but don’t throw them away! I’ll give you an idea for them later on.
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2. Cook Your Apples. You can use a large stockpot for this, but make sure that you can reach the bottom with a potato masher without touching the tops of the apples, since they’ll be hot when you get to that point.

  • Add about 2-3 inches of water to the bottom of the pot full of apple pieces and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the water boils, turn it down to a medium-low simmer to help the juices come out of the apple flesh. Cover and let the apples soften. You’ll need to keep an eye on it, since apples cook down fairly quickly depending on the amount you have in the pot.
  • Every once in a while you’ll want to take the lid off and mash the apples with a potato masher. Beginner’s Note: A potato masher is the one with the wave-like, single wire. Not the flat piece with holes in it.

3. Strain the Mash.

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  • Cooking should only take about 10 to 20 minutes for each batch.
  • Once the apples are broken down, you are ready to strain the pulp out of the juice. You can use either a fine mesh sieve or a food mill.
  • If using a mesh sieve, you will want to use a silicone scraper or “jelly fish” spatula to move the mash around to press as much juice out of the pulp as you can.
  • A food mill is much easier than a sieve. With a food mill you will need to strain your juice a second time to separate out the pulp that will have gone through the mill.
  • Don’t throw out the leftover solids from the sieve or the peels from the mill!
  • If you use the mill and have to strain the juice a second time, the resulting mash can be made into apple sauce or apple butter. I’ve even got an idea for the peels that I’ll mention later on.

4. Adjust the Sweetness,

  • After straining, taste your cider. Is it too tart? If so, continue on to the next step.
  • Transfer the liquid into a clean pot and start it on a simmer.
  • Add sugar a teaspoon at a time and whisk thoroughly to dissolve it before tasting again. Continue doing this until it is the sweetness you and your family can enjoy.
  • If you used a variety of apples, this step may not be necessary but it is always a good idea to taste your cider to be sure.

5. Preserve It!

  • There are two methods to preserving your fresh-made cider: freezing or canning.
  • If you are freezing your cider, allow it to cool in an air-tight container before putting it into the freezer. Use the cider within 3 to 6 months for the best flavor.
  • For a longer shelf-life, it is better to can your cider. Pour warm cider into hot, sterilized jars with ½ inch head space. Process in a hot water canner for 30 minutes.

Congratulations! You’ve made your own, homemade apple cider that you and your family can enjoy for weeks or months to come. But you might be asking what you can do with the leftover cores and peels besides tossing them in the compost or out in the chicken yard. Well, that’s the idea I wanted to leave you with. You can make apple cider vinegar from them. Nothing needs to go to waste!

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Survival Mom DIY: Making Apple Cider Vinegar At Home

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DIY ACVI really love having fresh, raw, organic apple cider vinegar at home for all of its health benefits. If it can help me stay away from doctors offices or hospitals, I”ll take it. I want to avoid the Superbugs that live in those places. (I won’t even pick up those magazines they have sitting around, because sick people have been touching them).

It’s important to get the unpasteurized, raw, organic form. Pasteurizing apple cider vinegar kills the probiotics and beneficial bacteria found in the gelantinous substance called “The  Mother”. If you make it at home, it can be fun, easy, and practically free. I pick the apples from the apple tree in my back yard. They are small, sour, have some bugs, and not good for much of anything. Since they attract a lot of wasps, I decided to pick some of the apples off the ground and do something practical with them.

First, let’s go over some benefits, some of which are backed up by science and some that aren’t. There are home remedies made from apple cider vinegar that many people claim really work for them, even if science hasn’t documented it yet.

Home Remedies

According to WebMD: Carol Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’s nutrition program. She has been studying apple cider vinegar for more than 10 years and believes its effects on blood sugar are similar to certain medications.

image“Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented,” Johnston says. The vinegar blocks digestion of some of the starch. “It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”  I think that is amazing, but it doesn’t mean to increase unhealthy choices. After all, you don’t want to cancel out those health benefits.

Raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar, (henceforth referred to as ACV)  can help eliminate Candida (yeast overgrowth) in your system. It is often blamed for fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yes…yeast infections. It also helps break up mucous, so it may help with allergies, sinus infections and other nasty things that go along with it like sinus headache and sore throat.

ACV may help both prevent constipation and diarrhea. (It must be those beneficial bacteria in there helping the G.I. system.)

Cleaning and Hygiene

I wipe down my counters with a solution of diluted AVC. After all, it is a disinfectant, and the vinegary smell goes away after it dries. I think it acts like a deodorizer as well.

I also clean windows with it, and wipe it with crumbled newspaper so it doesn’t leave a paper-like residue. It works just fine. My Grandma Angela taught me the tip about using newspaper instead of paper towels when I was just a kid.

Some people use a 3:1 ratio of water to ACV as a facial skin toner, and say it eliminates blemishes as well. Others said they put AVC on a cotton ball and applied to a wart and bandaged it overnight. I have not personally tried these things, but go ahead and experiment yourself.

We also use a few tablespoons in a quart mason jar of water for a hair rinse after shampooing. It makes your hair silky soft and glossy.

Eating

I have a AVC based salad dressing that I make that is really a health elixer. Yum!

  • Two to three parts ACV to 1 part Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I like a tangy taste, so I do 3:1) I fill a Mason jar 2/3 with AVC, 1/3 Olive Oil
  • 3-4 Garlic Toes crushed
  • 1/4 cup Raw Organic Honey (I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 TBS Grated fresh Ginger
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

It solidifies a bit in the fridge, so leave warm up enough to be easier to mix just before you put it on a salad. I could actually just drink it straight out of the jar!

One of the health food stores I go to sells a popular well know brand of AVC. Under its shelf space there is a sign listing the following information:

Some of the health benefits of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar include:

  • Helps promote youthful skin
  • Helps remove artery plaque, infections, and toxins
  • Helps fight germs, viruses, bacteria, and mold naturally
  • Helps slow down the aging process
  • Helps keep blood the right consistency
  • Helps regulate menstruation, relieves PMS, and UTI’s
  • Helps normalize urine pH
  • Helps digestion, assimilation and helps balance pH
  • Helps relieve sore throats, laryngitis and throat tickles
  • Helps banish acne, athlete’s foot, soothes sunburns
  • Helps fight arthritis, and helps remove toxins and uric acid crystals from the joints, tissues and organs
  • Helps control and normalize weight

Make your own.

So, I decided it would be great to make my own at home. I began by washing the apples in the sink. Then, I filled my large Coleman cooler just over halfway with cut up apples, cores, and peelings. I mixed in a 4 lb. bag of sugar. I would have done 5 lbs, but now they make the bags smaller.

I covered it with cheesecloth for a few days and kept it in a cool place out of direct sunlight. This gives the natural yeast in the air time to come in contact with the apples and start multiplying in the liquid. Then I close the lid. Every few days, I open it to stir it, smell it, and look for the white mat of gelatin looking like substance: the “Mother”.

Over time (a few weeks), it turns into an alcohol, then into vinegar. I take the apples out around the one month mark, after they have settled to the bottom of the cooler. The remaining liquid remains. My vinegar usually takes four to six months before I think its ready. I like the nice deep amber color that develops. If I opt for jarring it up sooner, it is paler and not as strong because the flavor intensifies over time. It’s just your own personal preference.

Once, it’s ready, I set my cooler up on a chair and stick a bucket under the valve at the bottom. I open it and strain the liquid through a wire strainer lined with a coffee filter, layers of cheesecloth, or non-bleached natural Muslin. Low tech, but it works. After straining, I pour it into pint and quart Mason Jars. I add a little of the “Mother” back into each one. Sometimes even a few Apple Seeds!

I have heard some people who “can” their ACV, but I personally never have.  I have never had a batch go bad on me….yet.

If you do the following step, you may lose some of the probiotic benefits you’re aiming for. But, if you would like try it anyway, just warm it in an enamel lined pan at 150 degrees for 30 minutes and pour into your sterilized Mason Jars. You won’t be able to use this as a “starter” for more vinegar, so save some if you wish to keep any on hand. Give it a try, experiment with different methods, and you can soon enjoy your raw, organic, healthy, and cheap apple cider vinegar.