Apple cider vinegar is kind of a darling of the whole and natural foods world. With non-FDA approved claims of weight loss, skin improvement and digestion benefits, apple cider vinegar has a place in many people’s homes, despite the fact that these claims have not been proven or authorized.
Unlike pasteurized apple juice, you don’t have to follow any special instructions after breaking the seal upon first opening a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Because the apple cider is tempered using the high acidity of the vinegar, it kills any possible bacterial growth in the liquid, so there’s no chance of the vinegar “going bad” or becoming moldy within the appropriate time for usage listed on the bottle.
You don’t need to pop that opened bottle of apple cider vinegar in the fridge. Because of the high acidity levels, it won’t mold over time. However, for the best flavor and to preserve the quality of the vinegar, it’s best if you keep the opened bottle tightly capped and in a cool, dry, dark place, like the pantry or your cellar. This simply ensures that you avoid getting bacteria in the bottle and keep the concentration of the vinegar as strong as possible.
Apple cider vinegar is typically fine for up to five years, even after opening. You might notice a few changes in the appearance of your apple cider vinegar after opening. While it’s originally clear while sealed, it can become cloudy over time. Even if the color and clarity of the liquid changes, it’s still safe to consume. Of course, if your apple cider vinegar has been stored open and uncapped, it should be discarded, as dust, bugs and other contaminants could get into the liquid.
Apple Cider Vinegar is 100 percent pure and contains ‘Mother’, a cobweb like structure floating at the bottom of the vinegar that gives it dark brownish colour. The presence of ‘Mother’ in apple cider vinegar is a proof of organic vinegar and is the reason for numerous health benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar contains potent antioxidants, like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and B-complex vitamins, bi-flavonoids and acetic acid to improve your health. Prepare a tonic of apple cider vinegar by mixing TWO teaspoons (10ml) of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. Add honey to it for enhanced taste. Drink this tonic on an empty stomach. It will help —
• Suppress appetite and increase metabolism for weight loss
• Reduce bad cholesterol and fat in your blood for an active heart
• Promote digestion and relieve acidity
• Boost energy and immunity
• Decongest the respiratory system
• Treat coughs to relieve sinus congestion
• Relieve leg cramps and ease varicose veins
• Use it as a skin toner and hair conditioner
• Reduces joint inflammation
• Diabetics can have this tonic before meal and at bedtime. It will reduce post meal and fasting blood glucose level for successful management of diabetes.