I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heinz Vinegar. I received a product sample of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.
I am not a stranger to Apple Cider Vinegar. However…I had no clue how many uses it had. I know you can use “ordinary” vinegar for so many different things, but Apple Cider Vinegar? That seems so very specific, right? It can’t possibly be as versatile as “plain old” vinegar. But it is. Oh, it is. So when I was asked to take Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar for a spin, I figured my options would be pretty limited. Oh, but they aren’t.
Let me tell you about Heinz and vinegar. Heinz has been producing some of the finest pure, all natural vinegar since the company opened its doors in…1869. 1869! Cheese and crackers! Wait, no, we’re talking about vinegar. That’s right…vinegar. Did you know that more than 8 million gallons of Heinz vinegar winds up in American households — they have 10 varieties of vinegar, might I add — every year? When it comes to Apple Cider Vinegar, the folks at Heinz bottle it at the peak of freshness and it is ultra-filtered to bring you sparkling clarity. Look for yourself:
So I decided to try one of the amazing Heinz Vinegar recipes that they feature on their website. Since I had just bought a whole bunch of strawberries…and had never tried a Berry Vinaigrette (isn’t that just sad? I know!), this recipe seemed perfect:
- 2/3 cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups cut berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)
Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover and store in refrigerator. Serve at room temperature. Can be made a day in advance.
Now, since I am the only one eating this, I halved the recipe because I didn’t want to waste any.
Of course it had a little “kick,” if you will, cause, ya know…it’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s kinda the rule. But it’s such a distinctive and rich, vibrant flavor! It’s quite good and I definitely recommend it if you want a change of pace from the day-in, day-out salad dressings you’re used to. You can find more vinegar recipes at the Heinz Vinegar Pinterest page.
Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is made with fine quality apples and crystal clear water to create the perfect flavor for adding that special touch to salads, main dishes, or topping off a cool beverage. Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar also has the full 5% acidity required for canning and pickling, if that’s your thing.
And, did you know, you can also get Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar? That’s vinegar in its most natural and wholesome form, which retains the “mother” of the vinegar, a compound that is naturally created during the fermentation process. If you haven’t seen it yet, the “mother” is the “stuff” at the bottom of the bottle that looks like sediment. But it’s nothing to be afraid of — it contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing.
Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is used in cooking and other recipes to bring out flavor, such as Heinz Cider Tea…which is made by mixing one to two teaspoons of Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with 8 to 12 ounces of hot water. You can sweeten the Cider Tea with your favorite sweetener and add lemon, if preferred. It can also be enjoyed cold. Or, maybe you’d like to try the Heinz Summer Tonic, which is prepared by mixing one to two teaspoons of Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with 8 to 12 ounces of sparkling water or club soda over ice. Add a slice of lemon or lime and sweeten if you choose.
Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar also has a variety of other uses, not the least of which are healthy uses! For instance, did you know that it is believed to help lower glucose levels and has also been praised for its benefits in weight management, as it is supposed to help you feel more full (and thus, eat less). In addition, the Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar enzymes can help promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your intestines, as well as help regulate candida. It can also help relieve gas, bloating, and heartburn symptoms. However — and this is a big however — when drinking it orally, it should be diluted in water or tea (or whatever beverage you choose) because it can be damaging to your esophagus if you drink it straight.
Then, there are some other uses for Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar…such as using it as a cleaning spray. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water (1:1) and boom! You have a natural, inexpensive, and effective cleaner — spray it on kitchen surfaces, bathroom surfaces, floors, etc., and wipe right off. You can also use it in a no ‘poo (as in “shampoo) regimen — I did it for quite a while and it makes your hair so clean and so smooth…it’s amazing. (And, no, your hair does not smell like vinegar!) All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of warm water and rinse it through your hair, then rinse completely with water.
Try it for yourself, for any, all, or even different uses (if you know of a good use, let me know in a comment!)…Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is available at most grocery stores in the United States. Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is sold at Walmart and other select retailers.