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4 Cool Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

4 Cool Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

With its uses as a natural alternative -- household cleanser, hair rinse, sunburn soother -- you'd think apple cider vinegar would be in every home. Even some evidence of its role in lowering the glycemic index in foods hasn't garnered much attention. Time for this multitasker to shine!
By 
Aileen Brabazon
Updated:
2013-02-13 15:19
Published:
2013-02-15 15:44

4 Cool Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Get glazed
"Apple cider vinegar is light, has a nice sweetness and is versatile; you can use it in pretty much any dressing or marinade for almost any type of cuisine," says Marni Wasserman, a culinary nutritionist in Toronto. It makes a mighty fine glaze or sauce. "Boil two parts water with one part cider vinegar and let it reduce until it's thick and the flavour is concentrated," she says. "To finish off, add a bit of coconut nectar, tamari and sesame oil." Put the glaze on tofu or fish before baking or toss noodles with it.

2. Pickle your slaw
For a tasty light coleslaw, ditch the oil and dress with cider vinegar instead. Its apple flavour and aroma perfectly complement cabbage. "Boil about two cups of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of sugar," says Kenneth Honeywell, a sous chef at Hampton Inn Ottawa and Conference Centre. "Then, pour the hot vinaigrette over a mixture of shredded green and red cabbage and carrots and julienned red bell pepper. Add a bit of fennel fronds or dill and let the salad sit for 20 to 30 minutes before serving."

3. Make dairy-free vegan buttermilk
Attention, bakers: apple cider vinegar can come to the rescue when you're without buttermilk. (After all, it's not a staple in most fridges.) To make a substitute, Wasserman advises combining apple cider vinegar with nut, soy or rice milk. "Mix one tablespoon of the vinegar with a cup of nondairy milk and use for pancakes and muffins or whenever a recipe calls for buttermilk," she says.

4. Drink it
If your digestion feels sluggish, sip on unfiltered apple cider vinegar before dinner. "Have a tablespoon or two in a bit of water -- or do it straight up if you're hard core -- about 20 minutes prior to a meal," says Wasserman. "It gets your stomach acids flowing, which will help to better break down your food and improve digestion." If, however, you have acid reflux, this drink isn't for you.

Photography, iStockphoto.com.

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Fresh Juice: February/March 2013

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