Get it…”bragging on Bragg’s?” I could make it big writing jingles (Lol!) All week I have been bragging about the benefits of using Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Even though we have incorporated this into our diet for a while now, I love reading up on new information. I found some interesting articles on different body organ cleanses using apple cider vinegar and I posted a liver cleanse on this blog site. Today, as I am about to head out and do some major grocery shopping, I wanted to share another helpful way to use apple cider vinegar as a produce cleanser.
Friday is my favorite day to grocery shop as they usually get their fresh shipments in for the weekend, and I like to start off by buying all my fresh produce first as I hit up the farmer’s market and local grocery stores. To cut down on kitchen prep during the week, I like to wash up all my fruits and vegetables ahead of time so they are ready to use when I need them – just one less thing to do when you are in the throws of cooking. Instead of wasting money on food washes, I make my own with apple cider vinegar. Here is what I do…
I have a huge 12 gallon pot that I fill with fresh cold water. I add in about a cup of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and maybe a few sprinkles of baking soda (both excellent natural cleansers). I then add my whole produce to the water solution, like carrots, squash, parsley, apples, etc. and let sit for a few minutes, gently scrubbing the skins with a vegetable brush or my fingers to remove any residue on food, rinse under running water, and then wipe dry with paper towels. I then store each produce item in vegetable food storage bags (you can find in your grocery aisle) and store away in fridge. For delicate items like grapes and grean leafy vegetables, I leave the bunch together and gently soak in solution, being careful to cleanse without bruising. Then when my family reaches for a piece of fruit, or needs to throw together a quick salad, I am rest assured that it is clean, healthy, and free of any dirt or pesticide residue because I took the time to clean it first. It is actually quite therapeutic as well to see all those fruits and vegetables looking vibrantly clean and beautiful, just ripe for the picking.
To make your own food spray wash, get you a clean spray bottle and fill with clean water along with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar. Then when you need to quickly clean something, just spray and wash…no pun intended 🙂 I also like to use vinegar to sanitize my cutting boards and wipe down my countertops. You can find so many helpful uses for vinegar all around the kitchen and house, and I love when one product is both consumable and can be used for other things as well.
So I hope you have enjoyed exploring all the manifold benefits of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Who would have thought this cheap little gem of a product could add tremendous blessings to our health. Talk about being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – this stuff will do it. You will be glowing. Tune in Monday, as we delve into our next “Food is Medicine!” item. I won’t give it away, but let’s just say if I was on a deserted island, this is the only thing I would bring! Have a great weekend everybody, and by all means, do some cooking 🙂