10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Herbalist Susun Weed, author of Wise Woman Herbal and founder of the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock, New York, uses herbal vinegars to boost the mineral count in her diet. Many herbs and weeds are extremely high in minerals, she says. And ordinary apple cider vinegar dissolves the minerals from plant tissues and puts them into a form that your body can assimilate. Many of these plants have excellent nutritive qualities beyond adding minerals to the diet, Susun adds, For example, purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other known plant.''
Horticultural vinegar is a keen way to kill weeds without nasty chemicals. It doesn't kill every weed in the book, but it's pretty effective on many, especially the young ones. Horticultural vinegar is stronger than ordinary vinegar, so treat it with care (as you would any other strong acid). Weeds sprayed with this substance often die within a couple of hours. Your yard will smell like a salad for a bit otherwise, the vinegar is environmentally benign. Some nurseries carry horticultural vinegar, and a few of the mail-order garden supply places also offer it. As of this writing there's some controversy over horticultural vinegar's registration with the EPA as an herbicide hopefully this issue will be resolved by the time you read this book.
LIse vinegar to chase away wandering tomcats and neutralize the smell that they leave behind. The cats can smell the vinegar but I can't, says Victoria Price of Silver Spring, Maryland. She puts vinegar around the base of her birdbath, on her patio wall, and on the trunk of a cedar tree that's a popular gathering placc for cats. As long as the cats can smell the vinegar, it works like a scent fence to keep them away. White vinegar
Do your houseplants look pale and undernourished despite regular feedings Maybe your water is to blame. Nutrients are less available in hard (alkaline) water, but you're sure to have a simple solution at hand. Just a little bit of vinegar, diluted in water, can help make vital nutrients more available to the plants by shifting the water's pH into the neutral range. And because it's loaded with up to 50 trace minerals, vinegar may be just the thing to perk up your plants. Raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, when used with every watering, works especially well to green up sallow houseplants.
2 Put the tomatoes, peaches, and strawberries in a glass or ceramic serving dish. Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and plenty of black pepper, and add the shredded mint. Toss gently until the fruit is evenly coated with the dressing. Serve immediately. 4-6 ripe tomatoes, about l2oz-llb (350-450g) 3 ripe peaches l5 strawberries dash of extra virgin olive oil dash of balsamic vinegar handful of fresh mint leaves,
2 Heat the olive oil in a small heavy pan until quite hot, then drizzle carefully over the salad. Sprinkle with the vinegar and season with a good grinding of black pepper. Serve at once, topped with the croutons (if using) or accompanied by some garlicky country-style bread. 4oz (100g) feta cheese 1k cup olive oil 2 tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar freshly ground black pepper garlic croutons, to serve (optional) (p152)
2 Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic with a little sea salt to form a paste. Add to the tomatoes, along with the oil and vinegar. Season generously with a good sprinkling of salt and pepper. Gently mix well so that all the ingredients are evenly dispersed. Let stand in a cool part of the kitchen for 2 hours. sherry vinegar handful of fresh basil leaves,
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 tsp tequila (optional) grated zest and juice of 1 2 lime sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 To make the dressing, whisk together the oil, vinegar, tequila (if using), lime zest, and a squirt of lime juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if needed.
After the water has cleared, check the acidity or pH with a pH meter or test paper. Kits for measuring pH are available from tropical fish stores. You do not need the whole kit, just the chemical bromthymol blue which is used as follows. Add 3 drops ol bromthymol blue to 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of water. If the color of the water changes to yellow it is too acid, if the water turns blue the water is sweet or alkaline and if it turns green, it is just right. If the water is too acid, add a very small quantity of a base such calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide, baking soda or sodium biphosphate. Wait a few hours and then check the pH again. Continue adding the base and checking the results until the desired pH is achieved. If pH is too high, that is, it is alkaline, add acid in the form of dilute sulfuric acid, citric acid, tannic acid, or acetic acid (vinegar) in small quantities until the correct pH is achieved. Some growers lower the pH by adding chopped straw, grasses, sedges, cattails,...
From mid-1980 through mid-1983, most of the food my household ate was vegetables, supplemented by some apples from our old orchard and helped out at breakfast most mornings by blackberries, picked during high summer, stored in a rust-speckled old chest freezer in the woodshed, and blended with frozen bananas, bought as overripe* at super bargain prices Money was so tight that when the germination percentage of the seed com panys bean seeds dropped below what was ethical to sell. Id bring those seed up to the house and wed cook them. The food we purchased during those years was the odd bit of brown rice or millet, sometimes a chunk of ordir.un Cheese, some real Jersey butter or milk from the nun down the toad, ol.u o. and vinegar for salad dressings, and in winter, oranges or grapefruit no --l-en. but only by the hill box and only when ally cheap. 1 bough' enou, gasoline to go to town twice a month, paid the land taxes, purely , the bit of clothing at the Salvation Army, bough, a chunk...
We've polled garden experts from around the country for their favorite fertilizer formulas. Many of these fertilizer mixes, blends, and solutions provide more than the big three nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They also include vital mi-cronutrients, plant growth hormones, soil conditioners, and even disease and insect fighters. Some of these time-tested fertilizer lormulas include traditional, easy-to-find materials, like fish emulsion and manure. Others make use of more unusual ingredients, like Epsom salts and vinegar. Stil others make the most of kitchen and garden wastes, including coffee grounds and weeds.
Basil was introduced to Europe in the 16th century as a culinary and medicinal herb. It made its way to England and America in the mid-17th century. Basil is native to southern Asia, Iran, and the Middle East. It has mild sedative properties and is said to be helpful in easing abdominal pain. In 21st century America and Europe, it is used as the perfect complement to summer tomatoes. Combine tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in a food processor, spread on crusty bread, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for a quick, easy summertime delicacy. with the added attraction of having small leaves that are the perfect size for adding to her bed butters or vinegars.
There is one hard-and-fast mle in making herbal products for both internal and external use lie sure that all of your equipment and ingredients are clean. Sterilize storage containers or wash them well with hot, soapy water. When a recipe calls for cookware, use glass or stainless steel pans. Aluminum can react with some herbs and with ingredients like vinegar.
Peeled and coarsely chopped 1lb (500g) Granny Smith or other cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped 3 onions, chopped 3 4 cup granulated sugar 1 3 cup dark brown sugar 2 cups cider vinegar 1 tbsp salt 1 2 tsp chili powder 1 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 2 tsp freshly ground black Use either unripe tomatoes or green varieties such as 'Green Zebra' (p26) for this variation, and perhaps even a few tomatillos (papery husks removed). You will end up with about 2l 4lb (1kg) ketchup. Put 3lb (1.5kg) cored and quartered unripe or green tomatoes, 1lb (500g) Granny Smith or other cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small dice, and 1 large chopped onion in a large stainless steel pan. Add 1 cinnamon stick, 6 allspice berries, 4 cloves, Y2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbsp salt, and 11 4 cups cider vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes or until the fruit and vegetables soften. Add 1 cup demerara sugar, dissolve completely, then bring to a gentle...
The secret, believe it or not, is vinegar. I'm not talking about just any vinegar (although the grocery-store kind will kill very young weeds pretty well). I'm JOJ1 talking about horticultural vinegar. Horticultural vinegar is an ultrastrong version of the culinary kind because of its potency and acidity, it needs to be handled with care. But it's environmentally benign and knocks down many types of weeds if you get them when they're young. Let them mature, and you're looking at some time on your knees with a weeding tool. Your yard will smell like a salad for a couple of hours otherwise, you won't encounter any bad side effects. (Though you still should keep pets inside until the spray dries.) Note that as of this writing, horticultural vinegar is awaiting EPA approval for use as an herbicide.
Pull them by hand when the globe-shaped roots have reached a reasonable size. If they're left to grow too large they will become woody and tough. Twist off the leaves, because cutting will result in the root 'bleeding'. Beetroot can be cooked as a hot vegetable, cold, sliced in vinegar for salads, or eaten raw. It can be picked from the garden as needed, but the roots will become tough and stringy in hot, dry weather.
Shallots have a delicate flavor and are less overpowering than many onions. They're very good stirred into sour cream as a dressing for vegetables or fish, or chopped and added to an oil-and-vinegar dressing for salads. Use the small bulbs in the classic French beef stew, boeuf bourguignonne.
To a solution that is too alkaline add one tablespoon of white vinegar per three gallons (3.6 American gallons) of water and check the pH level every eight hours. The waiting period has to do with the fact that it sometimes takes a few hours for the vinegar to work through the solution. Using vinegar is only a temporary measure. On the whole it is too unstable to be satisfactory for more than a few days.
With their intrinsic acidity, tomatoes are a good ingredient for salad dressings. Next time you are using tomatoes and are about to discard the juicy inside and its seeds, think about keeping this to use as a partial substitute for vinegar or lemon juice in a dressing. olive oil 2 tsp vinegar such as apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 To this mixture, add an equal amount (by volume) of good-quality extra virgin olive oil and a little vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk with a fork, taste, and adjust the flavors to suit you. And there you have it a simple yet tasty dressing ready to drizzle over your favorite salad. Add some finely sliced fresh basil leaves and freshly pur ed garlic (use a mortar and pestle to crush the garlic with a little salt) to the basic dressing, and use balsamic vinegar perfect for summery tomato salads. For a piquant dressing with a Spanish touch, add a pinch or so of piment n (Spanish smoked...
The Miracle Of Vinegar
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