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4 Ways I Use Apple Cider Vinegar in My Kitchen

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Apple cider vinegar is such a versatile tool in our home! We use it in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in DIY projects, with our chickens and more!

Apple cider vinegar is such a versatile tool in our home! We use it in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in DIY projects, with our chickens and more!
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Vinegar has many uses, and my cabinet is always stocked with a variety of different types of vinegar. I love apple cider vinegar for many reasons.

The area of my house were I use apple cider vinegar most often is my kitchen. It’s pretty awesome that it can be used for both cooking and cleaning. It can also be used in personal care products and we even add it to our chickens’ water!

If you haven’t used apple cider vinegar before, there are two varieties. Your basic apple cider vinegar and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, which is raw, unpasteurized and contains the “mother” (the culture used to make apple cider vinegar) in it.

Either variety can be used in salads, marinades and other recipes. They have a slightly different flavor, so you can choose the variety that will work best for that particular recipe.

Apple Cider Vinegar on a table with apples and a tea cup
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If the recipe will be heated, I typically use the basic version, but I like to use the unfiltered variety for any recipes that don’t require heating.

I’m going to share 4 recipes to help you get started using apple cider vinegar in your kitchen.

1. Honey & Apple Cider Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

ACV-Vinaigrette

During the summer, I love a good salad – especially with homemade salad dressing. While ranch dressing is my favorite, this one is simple, quick and tasty.

apple cider vinaigrette in a shaker

Honey & Apple Cider Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

During the summer, I love a good salad. But I can’t stand the toxic ingredients in most store bought salad dressings, so I prefer to make my own. This one is simple, quick and tasty.
4.5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil - good quality
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together.
  • Taste and adjust spices. 
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Notes

You can double this batch, but I like to make it fresh more frequently.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Cleaning Spray

I like to make my own cleaning products too. My favorite vinegar-based cleaner is this citrus infused vinegar, but if you want something a bit quicker that works just as well, you can use apple cider vinegar instead.

Apple Cider Vinegar on a table with apples and a tea cup

Non-Toxic Apple Cider Vinegar Cleaning Spray

I like to make citrus infused vinegar, but if you want something a bit quicker that works just as well, you can use apple cider vinegar instead.
5 from 2 votes
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup warm filtered water
  • 2 drops Essential oils - e.g., lemon, orange or tea tree

Instructions

  • Mix together and store in a spray bottle.
  • Use as you would an all-purpose cleaner.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 174mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.5mg

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Produce Cleaner.

vegetable-wash

After grocery shopping, use this apple cider vinegar soak to get your produce clean.

Natural Vegetable Wash

Apple Cider Vinegar Produce Cleaner

This is a quick and easy method to get as much of the pesticide residue off of our produce as possible.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Combine the apple cider vinegar with the water in a bowl.
  • Add your produce to the bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. It’s best if you can stir it frequently during those 5 minutes.
  • Take the produce out of the bowl and rinse very well.
  • Pat dry harder fruits like apples and allow softer fruits like berries to air dry completely on a towel.

4. One Day Sweet Pickles

sweet-pickles

While I love dill pickles, Brian and the girls prefer sweet pickles. This is an easy recipe to use if you want to whip up a quick batch as a special treat.

One Day Sweet Pickles

One Day Sweet Pickles

While I love dill pickles, Brian and the girls prefer sweet pickles. This is an easy recipe to use if you want to whip up a quick batch as a special treat.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber - or 3 small pickling cucumbers
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash the exterior of your cucumbers, then slice them into uniform, thin rounds.
  • Loosely pack them in a 1-quart mason jar.
  • Combine apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard powder and turmeric in a small saucepan on medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil and allow them to cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Pour the hot liquid over the vegetables in the container.
  • Seal the mason jar and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Sodium: 2621mg | Potassium: 145mg | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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