Is there anything vinegar is not good for?!
Here are a few gems we've gleaned about it. I'd be willing to bet most readers have their own list, too.
1) We bought whole unpasteurized milk for many years from a neighbor who moved out from the city, wanted to go organic, and didn't know where to start. She called a state inspector for advice on cleaning her milking system. The products he recommended all contained toxic residues which she did not want.
On her own she decided to use the plainest unperfumed dish detergent she could find and followed that with a vinegar rinse. All the milking equipment - pipes, hoses, bulk tank, everything - came out squeaking clean and left no odor. Since she was feeding the animals no chemicals, her barn after cleaning smelled like the hay. It was a most pleasant place to visit.
But the payoff came a few months later when the state inspector came back and asked her what she was using - the bacteria count in the milk was the lowest in his area. He sent others to her as well, when they were having problems, to see how she did it.
2) A nurse friend of ours, when her children were young, used to marinate "store bought" meat with vinegar, mainly to lower the bacteria count. It turned out that it also made the meat more tender and appetizing. As the children grew older she drifted away from the practice until she happened to think about it years later - and tried it again. Again her family asked what ever did she do to the meat to make it so tender and tasty. She used about 1/4 cup vinegar for a 2-3 pound roast, marinated it overnight, then cooked it without draining or rinsing the meat. Add your favorite herbs to marinate if desired.
3) Try Grandma's old pie crust recipe, using 1 tablespoon cider vinegar in your liquid for a 2-crust pie. It gives a flavor and tenderness that is simply delicious.
4) Years ago we read a government bulletin on the care and maintenance of septic systems. They recommended Clorox for cleaning and avoid as much vinegar as possible as it destroyed all the bacteria and slowed the breakdown of solid waste. From that, I decided vinegar was just the thing to use on the bathroom fixtures and have been using it ever since.
Use half and half with water in a spray bottle. I spray the fixtures then wipe them off with a paper towel. Same for the floors. It cuts down the major scrub jobs and keeps the baths shiny clean in between. It has saved us a bundle on cleaning products - and no chemical smell to boot!
5) Vinegar is a natural deodorant when sprayed in the air. Try it next time you need it in the kitchen, sick room, etc.
6) We use vinegar for lots of skin problems. Itching mosquito and bug bites are relieved by dabbing with full strength vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply to ringworm lesions and continue until they are dried up. Make a lotion of half cider vinegar and half glycerin and use it to dissolve warts. Keep at it until they're gone. The lotion bleaches hands and skin. A very nice conditioner.
7) For something different and to give your hair a rest from harsh (and expensive) shampoos and conditioners, try a pure soap such as Ivory bar, castille, or even home-made bar soap. Follow with a vinegar rinse. It makes the hair so nice you'll want to use it often. Make suds in your hands and apply. Don't rub bar soap over hair.
8) We use vinegar in the vaporizer when someone is down with a sinus infection or chest cold - 1/4 cup or more, depending on how much water your machine holds.
We have a wonderful book on our shelves. It is probably out of print, but anyone fortunate enough to have read it or owns a copy knows what Dr. D. C. Jarvis thought of cider vinegar when he wrote Folk Medicine (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1958).
We have a good rule of thumb measure for cider vinegar and that is "When in doubt, use it!".
I'm looking for a recipe for vinegar candy that my mom remembers. If anyone out there remembers that type of candy, I would sure appreciate the recipe.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
Combine ingredients and cook until mixture is brittle when dropped in cold water (270 degrees).
Pour onto buttered plates
Mark into squares while warm or roll into small balls.
This is an excellent hard candy.
An old family favorite.
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|Publication:||Countryside & Small Stock Journal|
|Date:||Mar 1, 1993|
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