Staying Slim – With Vinegar?
Yup, with vinegar! This gem could very well be the world’s oldest cooking ingredient.
Researchers in Japan report that consuming about 3 teaspoons a day can help reduce the accumulation of body fat and reduce body weight.
So reach for a kosher pickle, or sneak some into your diet in these delicious ways.
- Use seasoned vinegar in place of salad dressing. They’re sweet enough that you don’t need to add oil. Try flavored versions like:
- A l’Olivier French Extra Virgin Olive Oil (can be purchased on Amazon.com).
- Passion fruit.
- Make a cucumber salad. Toss thinly sliced seedless cucumbers with rice wine vinegar and a drizzle of sesame oil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.
- Garnish your next martini with pickled okra, pickled caper berries, or a pickled onion.
And, of course we also have vinaigrette. Vinaigrette is usually stored and served in a small, ornamental bottle or box for holding aromatic vinegar. Foods, such as asparagus or artichoke, are frequently served with vinaigrette sauce. If you enjoy vinaigrette, we share with you how you can create Custom Made Vinaigrette.
Did you know?
You can keep cheese fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.
When poaching eggs, a teaspoon of vinegar added to the water can prevent separation. When boiling eggs, add some vinegar to the water to prevent white from leaking out of a cracked egg.
Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking for a tender, sweeter taste.
Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.
Folk Medicine, Too?
Folk practitioners used vinegar as a cure for fevers, as an astringent for nose bleeding, and as a gargle (Meyer 1975). Apple cider was used for colds, arthritis, fungal skin infections, hair and scalp problems, insect bites, and itching (Maiscott 2000).