EVERYONE HAS A MOTHER, INCLUDING CIDER VINEGAR
Picked up the bottle of cider vinegar out of the closet and what do we see? OMG, almost dropped the bottle right there on the kitchen floor! Did an ant get in the bottle and start, like…uhm…going bad? (Unfortunately the ants have invaded the food closet….and love to hang around the oils and vinegar). But looking closer, it is a disc of some sort…a light circular object growing in the vinegar! Luckily it seems like it is only the mother who has appeared for a visit. Yes, everyone has a mother, even cider vinegar.
WHAT IS THE MOTHER OF THE VINEGAR?
Quoting from WiseGeek, mother of vinegar is actually “a cellulose substance made up of various Acetobacter, a very acidic strain of bacteria. The Acetobacter combine with the oxygen in warm air to cause fermentation in apple cider, wine, or other alcoholic liquids to produce vinegar. It is the mother that gives the vinegar its characteristic sourness.” Cool…~ ! Sounds a bit technical, but this bacteria called Acetobacter, is it a good bacteria or bad bacteria?
LIKE MOST MOTHERS, THE MOTHER OF THE VINEGAR IS A GOOD ONE
The mother of the vinegar has beneficial healing properties. Most store-bought vinegar is manufactured to get rid of the mother because its appearance is not attractive. Looking beyond beauty though you can find a real health treasure! Don’t throw away the vinegar’s mother. Here are some possible health benefits: antibacterial and antifungal, weight loss and digestion aid, cooling sore throats and sunburn, controlling dandruff and itchy skin. You smell like salad when you use it on your skin or drink it, but why not? A natural health helper? Well, smell like tonight’s first course. Personally, my kids have been treated with complete success using even non mother cider vinegar to kill molluscum, a common skin disease that looks like bumps with a white center. Don’t throw away that bottle of vinegar because of its cloudiness or a full-fledged mother. Use the vinegar and ignore the mother, or take the mother out and use it to stay well.
Wishing you all, on that last “smelling like a salad” a Bon Appetit