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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!



All About Apples

Written by Denae 

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


More apple posts to get you through this wonderful season!

Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Yam & Apple Bake Recipe

Apple Chips Recipe

Applesauce Recipe

Apple Slice “Cookies” Recipe

Biodynamic Apples

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Apples–The Fruit That Can Do Everything!

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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!

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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, Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • 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., Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • Mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seeds until well blended., Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • Add the softened butter and blend with the back of a large spoon., Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • Blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • Pour the oat mixture over the top of the apples, Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • Spread the topping evenly over the apples., Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp
  • Bake 35 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender when pricked with a fork., Lassen's, Lassens, Gala Apple Crisp, apple crisp
  • Remove from the oven, and serve warm.  I poured a little half-and-half over my warm apple crisp!, Lassen's, Lassens, Gala+Apple+Crisp, apple+crisp

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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Grapes–Those Little Orbs of Happiness!

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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
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., Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad

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, Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad


Chop the apples and the celery., Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad

Slice the grapes., Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad
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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., Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad

Make the Dressing

Mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, pepper, and nutmeg together until smooth., Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad

When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the cut apples, celery and grapes.  Stir to coat, then add the toasted pecans and stir., Lassen's, Lassens, waldorf+salad, grapes, apples, salad

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