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Apple Cider Vinegar and the Common Uses

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You’ve probably already heard, but Apple Cider Vinegar can be a healthy part of so many areas of your life! From cleaning to health, ACV is one of those “go-to” items you should always have on your shelf.

Let’s start with cleaning.

Vinegar is one of the most versatile all-purpose cleaners around. Mix 1 part water, 1 part ACV in a spray bottle and get to work! You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to perk up the scent, too!

If you have hard water, use this diluted ACV solution to break up those mineral deposits on your shower glass.

If you’re having a fruit-fly infestation, try this trick: Put a shallow layer of ACV in a cup and add a drop of dish soap. The flies will become trapped when they go onto the solution.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a big help in the laundry as well. Add 1 cup of ACV into the bleach cup of your washing machine to get rid of urine smell. (Great for pet owners!)

How about adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your beauty routine?

Add one part ACV to 3-4 parts water and use as a facial toner. Apply this toner to your skin with a cotton pad, and then let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Your face will love it!

If you love a good soak in the tub, try this! Add about one cup of ACV to your bath water, along with Epson salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a soothing and relaxing bath.

Dab a little 50/50 diluted Apple Cider Vinegar on insect bites to relieve itchiness. A couple of cups of ACV in a bath can sooth the irritation of a sunburn, too.

A lot of articles are touting using Apple Cider Vinegar as a teeth whitener, but remember that it is an acid, and acid will dissolve tooth enamel. I remember hearing years ago about people who loved to suck on lemons, and how the enamel on their teeth was eventually eaten away. So not a great idea.

Use 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in 4 cups of water as a hair rinse after shampooing. Leave on your hair for a few minutes and then rinse with cool water. It will help keep your hair shiny and tangle-free!

Now let’s talk tasty!

Apple Cider Vinegar can be used in any of your salad recipes, or even just straight from the bottle with a little olive or grapeseed oil, a grind of pepper and some delicious pink Himalayan Sea salt! Try this one — Fall Kale Salad — found on this blog from a couple of years ago, but still looking tasty and fine!
Fall Kale Salad

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Try using SCV in your next smoothie! Add just a few teaspoons at first to see how much you like it, but it adds a great snap!

I love mixing some Apple Cider Vinegar with thin-sliced cucumbers and a little sweetener like honey or agave for a delicious salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Quick, simple and clean!

Apple Cider Vinegar for your health!

It seems counter-intuitive, but ACV can help with digestion. Mix 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 tablespoon each of fresh ginger-infused water and fresh lemon juice, 8 ounces of sparking water and raw honey to taste. Pour over ice and enjoy! Ginger is also good for reducing an upset stomach, so this will help on a couple of fronts!

I haven’t tried this one, but it sounds interesting — if you are plagued with hiccups, try tossing down a straight teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. The shock of the taste may just get ride of those pesky hiccups!

You can use apple cider vinegar as a healthy throat treatment. Dilute 1/4 cup ACV with 1/2 cup of warm water, add 1 tsp salt, stir until the salt is dissolved, and gargle.

If you suffer from leg cramps, Apple Cider Vinegar can help dissolve the acid crystals in the blood and provides minerals to help ease the cramping. Drink diluted ACV twice daily.

And on a related note, after a tough workout your muscles will likely have lactic acid buildup in the body. This causes fatigue and soreness, but the amino acids in ACV act as an antidote. Add a tablespoon to a glass of water after a workout.

There has been some research on using vinegar to help with diabetes. The conclusion is that consuming vinegar stimulates an antiglycemic reaction in those who have pre-diabetes. (Those who are showing signs of developing Type 2 Diabetes — also called insulin resistant.) The vinegar blocks the absorption of starch. The studies have been small so far, but this shows promise in slowing the progression from pre-diabetes to full-blown diabetes.

Apple Cider Vinegar is being tested in the area of heart disease as well. In animal studies Apple Cider Vinegar, due to its antioxidant properties, can reduce blood pressure, triglycerides, and total cholesterol. Again, more studies are needed, but it’s always great when something old-fashioned and down-to-earth is shown to have potential in so many areas!

Apple Cider Vinegar is showing great promise to be more than just another fad!

Enjoy your next Apple Cider Vinegar creation!

Love,

Lassen’s

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

5 Ingredient Spiced Apple Cider

Written by Denae

Have we worn you out with all things apple this season? We sure hope not because we’ve got a delicious spiced apple recipe for ya! It’s super easy, only 5 ingredients, and so SO tasty!


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Cook Time 45 minutes
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  1. Add all ingredients to large pot and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. Pour cider through colander to sift out spices.
  3. Garnish if desired with cranberries and sliced oranges.
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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Written by Denae

Warm, fall-infused, comforting, vegan, and grain-free. These all make the perfect combination for a delicious apple crisp.

My favorite apples for apple crisp are the classic tart Granny Smith, and the juicy sweet Honeycrisp. Since they are both firm and crisp apples, they don’t become mush when they’re baked. 

The topping is another vital part. Since trying to stay away from grains, I’ve had to experiment with toppings while I make recipes. Originally I started with purely nuts, then threw in coconut, then I found quinoa flakes from Ancient Harvest. These flakes have changed how I make meatballs, crumbles, oatmeal, the list goes on. 

Enjoy this warm and sweet dessert,

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Prep Time 20-30 minutes
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Cook Time 45-60 minutes
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel and slice apples in lengthwise pieces.
  3. Combine the remaining filling ingredient in a bowl. Add the apples and mix together. Add to an 8x8 or 9x13 dish (depending how thick you want the dessert).
  4. After combining all the topping ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes; or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork and the topping is golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Can be served alone, with whipped cream or ice cream.
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All About Apples

Written by Denae 

Apples are beautiful, tasty, tart, sweet, and with such a variety everyone has a favorite!

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More apple posts to get you through this wonderful season!

Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp
http://www.lassens.com/blog/recipe/vegan-apple-crisp/

Yam & Apple Bake Recipe
http://www.lassens.com/blog/drum-roll-recipe-challenge-winner-3/

Apple Chips Recipe
http://www.lassens.com/blog/easy-healthy-chips/

Applesauce Recipe
http://www.lassens.com/blog/applesauce-the-taste-of-autumn/

Apple Slice “Cookies” Recipe
http://www.lassens.com/blog/after-school-deserves-these-cookies/

Biodynamic Apples
http://www.lassens.com/blog/biodynamic-its-almost-super-organic/

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Gala Apple & Kale Salad

Gala Apple & Kale Salad

Written by Denae

Gale Kale Salad_5-01Let’s be real here, we all love an easy salad. I think that’s the purpose of salad, right?

This Gala Apple & Kale Salad is super fresh, crisp and has a nice crunch. It’ll also pair great with just about any entree. If you want to pack a little protein, you can even add some shredded chicken and make this salad your lunch!

Hope you enjoy! Love,

Lassen’s

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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. Slice apple in to bite-size pieces.
  2. Combine greens, apple pieces, and sliced almonds in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the salad.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese.
  5. Toss and serve.
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Apples–The Fruit That Can Do Everything!

We’re Coming Up Galas at Lassen’s!

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The Gala apples are gorgeous and so delicious!  I love the crispy snap of Galas, and the taste has just enough tart and just enough sweet.  A friend of mine recently used Gala apples, sliced thin, in a turkey sandwich!  Great idea!

Yesterday I took advantage of the proliferation (and great price!) of Gala apples, and made some apple crisp for my family.  This is one of the simplest fruit desserts possible, and you can use all kinds of fruits to make a crisp!

Gala Apple Crisp

 
 
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You’ll Need:

  • 5 organic Gala, or other crisp apples (you could also use pears–especially the firmer Asian varieties, cherries, berries, or any combination of fruits desired.)
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached white or whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3/4 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 TBSP organic butter, softened
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Wash, peel (if desired) and slice the apples into a 8- or 9-inch baking dish
  • Pour the maple syrup over the apples, and stir to coat.
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  • Mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seeds until well blended.
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  • Add the softened butter and blend with the back of a large spoon. 
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  • Blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
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  • Pour the oat mixture over the top of the apples
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  • Spread the topping evenly over the apples.
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  • Bake 35 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender when pricked with a fork.
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  • Remove from the oven, and serve warm.  I poured a little half-and-half over my warm apple crisp!
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I’d love to hear your favorite ways to use apples!  

Make a comment with your ideas for cooking or baking with apples!
 
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Lassen’s
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Grapes–Those Little Orbs of Happiness!

I’ve Been Making this Salad for Years!

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I grew up in the Apple Capital of the World–Yakima Valley, Washington.  So I love my apples! (When they are good — I will reject a mushy apple with one bite, and there are varieties that I won’t touch.  Yes, I’m that spoiled.)
 
And putting them in recipes with other fruits is a real treat.  The summer grapes are so wonderful right now, so pairing them with apples makes perfect, fresh, delicious sense.  Grapes can be used in so many ways!  For a recipe of how to make your own grape soda, see this post from lassensloves.com.
 
Here’s a recipe that has been around for years, and I’ve been making it for a long time, too!

Waldorf Salad

 
 

 

This recipe was created in the late 1800s by the chef at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.  Traditionally made with apples, celery and walnuts, it now has many variations.  Here’s mine, which serves 8-10.

 

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You’ll Need:

  • 4 crisp organic apples, cored and chopped in bite-sized pieces.  I used two Granny Smiths and two Pink Ladies
  • 4 stalks of organic celery, chopped
  • 2 cups of organic red grapes, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup organic pecans, toasted lightly
  • 1/2 cup organic yogurt (I used Fage Greek Yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup organic mayonnaise (I used Spectrum Organic)
  • 2 TBSP fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice
  • a couple of twists of fresh-cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp organic nutmeg
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Procedure:

Chop the apples and the celery.

 

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Slice the grapes.  

 
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Mix together

 

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Toast the pecans lightly in the oven or in a dry pan over medium heat on the stove, and set aside.

 

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Make the Dressing

Mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, pepper, and nutmeg together until smooth.

 

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When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the cut apples, celery and grapes.  Stir to coat, then add the toasted pecans and stir.

 

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This is a great salad for those outdoor barbecues and picnics!  Enjoy this fresh taste of summer!  

 
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Lassen’s