prepping with vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar
15 Fabulous Uses of Vinegar for prepping

Explore the miracle health benefits of apple cider vinegar, which is a a natural
detox, antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria.

Vinegar may well be the most versatile and crucial pantry item
for preppers to own in a long term emergency. Made mostly of
water, vinegar is an acetic acid produced from fermentation.
Thanks to the acetic acid, vinegar has many antimicrobial
properties,* which enhance its usefulness to preppers for
medicinal purposes. This rich substance also has a variety of
domestic uses and is highly nutritional.

This article primarily is about the king of vinegars: apple cider
vinegar, which has been a favorite through the centuries:

  • Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used apple cider
    vinegar as a health tonic and also for wound care. He
    sometimes mixed it with honey , which is another
    antibacterial.

  • Japanese Samurai counted on vinegar for added strength and
    power, according to the Braggs Web site.

  • Pioneers used vinegar, too! They made a tonic of their keg
    vinegar, drinking it down by mixing water with honey or
    molasses and ginger.  They also made a tasty vinegar pie.

  • "Caesar's legions glubbed (gulped) drinking water laced with
    it," according to one survivor of the Great Depression. She
    added, "Vinegar with its myriad of uses truly is king of the
    cupboard." We agree!

From drinking apple cider vinegar for health to applying to
wounds, pickling with white vinegar to cleaning and killing weeds,
we gathered a list of fifteen fabulous reasons to stock vinegar.
While the list is endless, we gathered a few of the best ideas
with preppers in mind...

15 Fabulous Reasons to Stock Vinegar
Why do preppers choose vinegar? Below are 15 fabulous reasons:

Vinegar Use # 1: Helps around the kitchen.
Apple cider vinegar is an exceptional product in the kitchen (and
not just because it adds a tart flavor to your foods). Here are
some interesting uses of apple cider vinegar around the kitchen:

  • Cleans in an environmentally and budget friendly way.  
    Vinegar is a safe bleach alternative for kitchen cleaning and
    has the benefit of being biodegradable. While vinegar is an
    acid and might not be suitable for all surfaces, it's certainly
    an inexpensive way to clean without chemicals. It works
    wonderfully to clean cutting boards and food preparation
    surfaces.

  • Unclogs the kitchen sink. In combination with baking soda,
    vinegar will create an effervescent scrubbing action that
    simultaneously deodorizes your kitchen sink and help it
    unclog.

  • The recipe to unclog your sink with vinegar is simple:
    You'll need about a 1/2 cup baking soda and a cup of
    vinegar. Start with the baking soda, then pour the
    vinegar on top of that. Let the mixture stand, then turn
    on the garbage disposal, and finally run the hot or
    warm water to flush the drain. Voila! You will have a
    clean sink.

  • Washes fruits and veggies. Food contamination can cause
    gut problems. As a vegetable wash, vinegar will make your
    produce safe for consumption. As well, it gives a lift to
    wilted vegetables when you soak in cold water and a
    spoonful of vinegar. This helps improve the color and taste
    as well.


  • Catches fruit flies!  You may have heard old timers say,
    "You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."
    Ponder the double meaning: sure, you'll get further in life if
    you're nice to others, but vinegar really will help you catch
    flies! Get the fruit flies out of the kitchen with apple cider
    vinegar and here's how...

  • How to catch fruit flies with vinegar: Pour a cup or
    more of apple cider vinegar into a small bowl and cover
    the solution with saran wrap. Next, poke holes in the
    Saran Wrap with just enough holes so fruit flies can fly
    in, but can't fly out. And honey, don't try catching flies
    with honey.

  • Helps scale fish! If you're fishing for time (and who isn't
    these days?), then this idea is for you. Just rub your fish
    with apple cider vinegar a few minutes before scaling and
    you'll make the process a whole lot easier. What a time
    saver it is!

  • Acts as a meat tenderizer (and marinade). In addition to
    helping you with fish, vinegar marinates beef, venison, ham
    or poultry as a meat tenderizer. This is the reason
    commercial marinades contain vinegar. You can make your
    own marinade and save money.

  • Here's how to make your own marinade. To use
    vinegar as a meat tenderizing marinade, moisten meat
    with white vinegar and rub a mixture of dry spices,
    herbs, and seasonings. The process not only adds
    flavor, but a vinegar wash will kill bacteria and
    tenderize your meat or poultry simultaneously.

  • Makes your "too salty" ham taste better. Just a couple of
    drops of white vinegar or cider vinegar will reduce the salty
    taste if you boil a ham.

  • Enhances nutrients in soups. Apple cider vinegar brings out
    the nutrients of bone broth, so your soups are not only more
    delicious, they are more nutritious!

Vinegar Use #2: Preserves and pickles food.
The reason you use vinegar in pickling is because the ph is highly
alkaline. It's so high, in fact, that bacteria just can't grow.
Vinegar will keep your produce from turning brown, too. As a
natural food preservative, vinegar:

  • Keeps produce from browning. Kids sometimes won't eat
    cut apples that brown, but vinegar can do the trick to make
    this healthful snack look more appetizing. You can prevent
    cut apples, pears or even potatoes from darkening by placing
    your produce in a bowl of water with just two tablespoons of
    white vinegar until ready to use. That's just enough vinegar
    to work the magic and not affect the taste.

  • Preserves olives and pimentos. Vinegar also helps olives
    and pimentos last indefinitely in your refrigerator.

  • Pickles vegetables. Take a cucumber, add vinegar and soon
    you'll have a pickle! Now you know (just in case you thought
    pickles came from a zucchini). Pickling is preserving foods in
    vinegar (or other acid) and it's relatively easy to do...


  • Pickles eggs. Preppers often want to preserve eggs and
    pickling is an easy way to do just that. Here's how to make
    a dozen pickled eggs...



















Vinegar Use # 3: Is a Digestive tonic and probiotic.
Vinegar was a favorite of Hippocrates for good reason. Apple
cider vinegar has a natural sediment with pectin, trace minerals,
beneficial bacteria and it's loaded probiotic enzymes -- it's an
ideal concoction for digestion!

Vinegar is a cure all for bloating, gas, heartburn and indigestion,
along with a host of other ailments. Vinegar promotes digestion
and Ph balance and supports a healthy immune system. It helps
remove toxins in the body and eases urinary tract infections,
helping your body to heal itself.

  • Cholera and dysentery; Pioneers also used vinegar as a
    digestive aid as they battled cholera along the Oregon Trail.
    There is no evidence that it worked against cholera, but
    certainly they used it for such.

  • Detoxifies. Apple cider vinegar offers a powerful
    detoxification, which changes the ph of your digestive tract.
    Again, this has to do with the beneficial bacteria and
    probiotic enzymes.

  • Fights acid reflux. In supporting digestion, apple cider
    vinegar again comes to the rescue!  Dr. Axe suggests taking
    one or two tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 8-oz of water
    before you eat.

Vinegar Use #4: Is an incredible superfood.
Apple cider vinegar adds nutritive value to your diet. It's an
incredible superfood, according to
Dr. Josh Axe! He also
recommends apple cider vinegar for detoxification and improved
digestion, as well as for a quick burst of energy.

  • Nutritious. Apple Cider Vinegar is highly nutritious. It's rich
    in enzymes and minerals, such as calcium (for strong bones)'
    potassium (to help prevent brittle teeth, hair loss, and runny
    noses); pectin; and magnesium.

  • Energizes. For a quick burst of energy, take apple cider
    vinegar. ccording to Dr. Axe, it increases your energy!

  • Satiates. Studies show vinegar increases satiety after a
    bread meal, which is another great reason for preppers to
    stock vinegar in times were food may be in short supply.


















In the video above, Dr. Josh Axe also explains how apple cider vinegar helps
increase your energy, fight diabetes, improve your heart health, and
support weight loss.

Vinegar Use #5: Aids in medical conditions.
As Americans mix a deadly cocktail of steroids, hormones, and
antibiotics for their "health," it's nice to know that for preppers
there's a natural remedy in apple cider vinegar! Used both
internally and externally, apple cider vinegar can support health
for a variety of medical conditions:

  • Lowers cholesterol and supports the liver. Vinegar with a
    natural sediment of pectin, helps reduce cholesterol levels
    to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease! So says Emily
    Thacker in her popular and best selling book on Amazon, The
    Vinegar Book, pictured a the top right of the page. Dr. Axe
    also says if you can take just a teaspoon a day you are
    effectively lowering your cholesterol. The reason being that
    apple cider vinegar when consumed supports bile production
    to break down cholesterol.

  • Helps diabetics maintain sugar levels. Take two teaspoons
    of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily for diabetic
    health. Vinegar has acetic acid which slows the digestion of
    starch and lowers the rise glucose. Discover the many
    benefits of apple cider vinegar for people with diabetes, and
    how it slows the rise of sugar in the blood.

  • Supports weight loss, makes you feel more full. Apple
    cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on your body. According
    to Dr. Axe, the acedic acid in apple cider vinegar increases
    metabolism to support weight loss, but the real benefit to
    preppers is that apple cider vinegar makes you feel more
    full. Studies show vinegar increases satiety after a bread
    meal, which is another great reason for preppers to stock
    vinegar when meals may be harder to come by.

  • Improves heart health. Apple cider vinegar has been
    medically shown to lower your blood pressure, according to
    Dr. Axe.

  • Reduces night sweats associated with menopause.
    Vinegar can even lower your cholesterol and aid menopausal
    women with night sweats!


The healing powers of Vinegar, by Cal Orey, pictured right, is a
book that explains vinegar's curative powers. Vinegar can help
prevent age-related diseases like cancer, heart disease, and bone
loss, among many other things according to the author. Put
dozens more home remedies to work, including healing your
arthritis, toothaches, treating allergies, and other pesky ailments.

Vinegar Use #6: Soothes Skin.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial and helps a variety
of skin conditions from eczema to aging brown spots and even
warts. In The Vinegar Book, pictured right, Emily Thacker explains
how vinegar helps skin rashes, athletes foot, relieves insect
bites, and provides corn and callus relief to feet. She's found 308
uses for vinegar. We've listed a few of those 308 uses below:

  • Acne remedy. Applied topically, apple cider vinegar has anti
    inflammatory properties and kills the bacteria which acne
    would otherwise thrive. Best of all it will return your skin to
    it's natural Ph balance.



  • Ringworm. Apple cider vinegar can combat ringworm. Try
    also Vicks VapoRub.

  • Sunburn. Soak a washcloth in vinegar to immediately feel
    the soothing benefits of vinegar. It does the trick to heal
    the pain.

  • Wart removal. The component of vinegar, salicylic acid, is
    what you use on warts to remove them!

  • Wound healing. Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar
    specifically for cleansing and healing wounds. Vinegar can
    kill bacterial pathogens. Vinegar has a smack of acetic acid,
    which is a powerful antiseptic.


  • Have an itchy platinum ring? For platinum rings that irritate
    skin make a 1/3 solution of hydrogen peroxide and a 2/3
    solution of Braggs vinegar. Let it soak over night in a small
    bowl. (Set aside safely away from the kitchen in your
    medicine cabinet.) In the morning your ring is sparkling and
    fungus free.

Vinegar Use #7: Remedies other minor ailments.
Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar as a tonic to relieve dozens
of everyday ailments. Here are a few ways to use vinegar for your
health.

  • Yeast infection. Satiate a cloth with Braggs Apple Cider
    vinegar and apply to external itchy yeast prone area
    (between labia minora and labia majora). The vinegar will
    sting momentarily and then begin to heal and soothe the
    itchiness. Continue application until gone and drink also
    pure cranberry juice.

  • Soothes dry throats and coughs. Hippocrates prescribed a
    mix of honey and vinegar to soothe coughs. Gargle with
    vinegar and enjoy the benefits of fermentation!

  • Relieves aching muscles.  In The Vinegar Book, pictured
    right, Emily Thacker explains how vinegar helps relieve night
    time leg cramps, and soothes sprained muscles. Vinegar
    relieves muscle pain from exercise or heavy work. Pour apple-
    cider vinegar into the tub (about a cup into the tub).

Vinegar Use #8: Offers cosmetic value.
While vinegar is helpful to clean your bathroom, you'll find
another reason to stock vinegar in your powder room. Vinegar
offers an economical way to keep you looking beautiful:

  • Facial toner. Apple cider vinegar is used as a facial toner
    and has a cosmetic value to get rid of age spots. Apple
    Cider Vinegar can provide a natural peel to remove the
    unwanted brown spots associated with aging. It acts like a
    natural chemical peel.

  • Hair care (dandruff). Women's Health Magazine suggests a
    regimen for a  dandruff treatment to combine vinegar with
    water before shampooing to naturally slough off the dandruff.

  • Mouthwash that whitens teeth. Gargle with vinegar! Apple
    Cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial. As a mouthwash
    you'll clean dentures or whiten your teeth.

Prepper women will find the cosmetic uses of vinegar another
good reason to stock up on this natural powerhouse!

Vinegar Use #9: Cleans, deodorizes and disinfects.
Apple cider in particular is an idea non-toxic disinfectant that
also cleans, and deodorizes.

  • Clean your bird bath with vinegar. A bird bath attracts a
    variety of birds, which is beneficial to keeping down the
    insect population. Change the water every other day and
    once a month wash out the bird bath with vinegar.

  • Need to clean water bottles? A mixture of baking soda and
    vinegar will keep your re-usable water bottles fresh and
    clean, particularly with bottles which have a narrow mouth,
    as the BPA gallon jug pictured immediate left. Clean in hot
    water with vinegar and baking soda.

  • Got grass stains in your laundry? Good housekeeping says
    white vinegar can help you get fresher laundry diluting one
    cup white vinegar with two cups water to get rid of grass
    stains. It can also help you get bolder whites or get the
    stink out if you've been skunked.

  • Want to get rid of a stain? You can make a paste to apply
    directly to the stain mixing vinegar with Borax to oxidize the
    stains away. On the lower, right-hand of the page is apple-
    cider vinegar in powder form, which is ideal for long term
    storage. Vinegar fixes the lime deposit inside your tea
    kettle. Just boil a bit of vinegar with the water.

  • Need to clean copper or brass? Dip a cloth in vinegar, then
    in salt and you can remove the tarnish off old brass or
    copper.

  • Have a dirty window? Apple cider vinegar helps you clean
    the sludge from windows. Mix with water and you'll make a
    window squeaky cleans. Helps with ice on car windows.

  • Have an icy windshield? If you dislike scraping off ice, you
    can ice-proof your car windows with a solution of 2/3 vinegar
    and 1/3 water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and
    spray on windows to melt-away the ice.

  • Want to make your cleaning vinegar smell better? If you
    love vinegar and all it does, but not how it smells, then
    place vinegar in a mason jar with orange peels for two
    weeks, then transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.

  • Consider the Laundress Scented Vinegar, which is 100%
    natural vinegar combined with a pretty scent ( a crisp
    and clean blend of bergamot, thyme, lavender, musk
    and ylang ylang). The Laundress Scented Vinegar
    deodorizes, sanitizes, and cleans.

Vinegar Use #10: Helps around the homestead.

  • Vinegar removes rust! As a rust remover, vinegar is very
    effective with lemon juice. Learn more about how to remove
    rust.


  • Stops lye from burning skin! If you make lye soap, be sure
    to have a little spray bottle of vinegar handy to spray on
    your skin to soothe it should you get lye on your body. Wear
    gloves and goggles, but pour vinegar in a small spray bottle
    as a precaution.

  • Kills weeds. As an herbicide, 20% vinegar is a staple in
    organic gardening! Best of all, for those against Monsanto
    and their products, it's good to know that 20% vinegar as a
    key ingredient in weeding alternatives to Roundup Ready.  
    Maestro Grow's 20% Acidity White Vinegar is the product
    made by the acetous fermentation of dilute ethyl alcohol.
    Pictured right, it is not for human consumption or to be used
    in pickling. Maestro Grow's 20% Acidity vinegar is NOT made
    from powder containing petroleum distillates as is the case
    with some competitors products.   

  • WARNING: 20% Vinegar is a product is not for human
    consumption or to be used in pickling. It is; however, a
    staple in an organic garden.  So now you know why
    vinegar is on the 37 vital food items guide. Aside from
    its nutritive value, Preppers value vinegar for many
    reasons from medicinal to food preservation to caring
    for chickens and disinfecting! How will you use vinegar?

Vinegar Use #11-14: Gets rid of germs, viruses,
bacteria and mold.
The science is murky on whether vinegar kills all germs, viruses,
mold and bacteria.
Kill is a strong word, scientifically speaking, and ultimately
determination comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA); however,
apple cider vinegar can help with ailments traced
from bacteria, viruses, and fungi caused by low ph levels,
according to Dr. Akiba Green.

  • Does apple cider vinegar kill germs? Apple cider vinegar is
    an exceptional product in the kitchen or the bathroom,
    particularly when it comes to killing germs; however, vinegar
    is not a disinfectant recognized by the FDA, and there is no
    scientific evidence that it kills dangerous bacteria like
    staphylococcus. A disinfectant must kill viruses, bacteria and
    fungi -- all three.

  • Does apple cider vinegar kill viruses? The jury is out on
    whether apple cider vinegar is an antiviral (effective against
    viruses). Certainly vinegar is a natural antibiotic. Though
    antibiotics have no effect on viruses, apple cider vinegar.

  • Does apple cider vinegar kill bacteria? Yes! Vinegar is an
    agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a microorganism
    applied topically or orally. Vinegar is ideal for pickling is
    because the ph is so high that no bacteria can grow.


  • Does apple cider vinegar kill mold? f

Vinegar Use #15: Makes your stuff last longer.
Vinegar will be extremely useful in a "make it do" scenario, such
as with an economic depression.

  • Burnishes scissors. Vinegar can get rid of the gunk stuck to
    your scissors.

  • Polishes silver. To polish your silver with vinegar, soak your
    silver in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2
    tablespoons baking soda for a couple of hours. Then you
    need only to wipe away the oxidation and your silver is
    bright and shiny again.

  • Vinegar is a natural solvent. Cleopatra had a bet that she
    could eat her riches and she won the bet in part by
    dissolving pearls in vinegar. What does this have to do with
    prepping? Well, here are some applications:

  • Vinegar can help you get the sticky mess from labels on
    jars you recycle.

Which kind of vinegar is best?
There are several kinds of vinegar, each with benefits for
preppers. The best vinegar is raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized
apple cider vinegar such as Braggs, above, because it has all the
enzymes and minerals useful to preppers.

Vinegar is actually the product of two phases of fermentation
starting with a sugary liquid, such as grape juice or apple cider.
In the first phase of fermentation, the yeast converts the sugar
to alcohol. In the next phase of fermentation, the bacteria
converts the alcohol to acetic acid.

Vinegar (fruit or grain varieties) has many benefits for preppers:

  • Apple cider vinegar (fruit). Apple cider vinegar seems to
    have the most health benefits. Eat an "apple a day" with
    apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has been linked with
    reducing hot flashes in menopausal women, as an aid for
    diabetes, acid reflux, weight loss and hair care, among many
    other uses.

  • Red wine vinegar (fruit). Red wine vinegar contains the
    same important antioxidants as red wine, but without the
    alcohol!

  • White vinegar (grain). Distilled white vinegar "is suited
    only to pickling," according to the Joy of Cooking, but for
    preppers, white vinegar is ideal for soothing skin irritations,
    such as sunburn, bites (bees, mosquitoes, flees and ticks),
    and rashes.

Powdered vinegar

  • Powdered apple-cider vinegar. Who knew apple-cider
    vinegar is available in powder form in powder form? Comes
    in a convenient 1-lbs. plastic bag for easy storage and use.

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*SOURCE:  Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect

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