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It Doesn’t Have to be Winter for Apple Cider!

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Apple cider vinegar is an amazing addition to salad dressings.

Although we haven’t been getting the harsh, cold weather as we’re usually used to in Toronto, the weather outside can still give you the chills. Enter: Sweet Apple Cider! Apple cider is one of the few drinks that make you want to curl up on your couch in front of a fire. And while sweet apple cider is delicious and nourishing on its own, apple cider can come in another form that’s both tasty and healthy: Apple Cider Vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar and sweet apple cider are two liquids that your body can truly benefit from. There are many brands out there, but my particular favorite is Filsinger’s, a local Canadian brand, that produces incredibly pure and fresh apple products.

Keep reading – you can enter the contest to win a big basket of apple cider products from Filsinger’s!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Filsinger’s apple cider vinegar is fresh, pure, unpasteurized, and unfiltered – this means nothing’s been added or altered in the process of making it, and their certified organic apples are pressed and aged without preservatives or additives.

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to help with a variety of ailments due to its powerful cleansing qualities as it’s also a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic. You can use it as a home remedy for skin, wounds, burns, acne, sunburns, insect bites, or as a weight loss ingredient. Although I don’t like to promote “weight loss”, apple cider can speed up your metabolism, making your body more efficient at burning energy. A good tip is to place 1 tbsp. in a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning or throughout the day.

You can also use it to clean your house (although it may be more costly) but apple cider vinegar makes a great disinfectant, deodorizer and over all household cleaner.

Lastly, you can eat it! Apple cider vinegar is an amazing addition to salad dressings, stir fry’s, and can be used to add acid (or make vegan buttermilk) in recipes such as cookies, pancakes and muffins. (If you are not local to Ontario, just be sure to look for products with similar standards such as Bragg’s, Eden, and Spectrum).

Sweet Apple Cider
Filsinger’s sweet apple cider is made the old fashioned way from whole apples. They blend several varieties of apples such as McIntosh, Cortland, Spy, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Ida Red. According to Filsinger’s, using a variety of apples enhances the flavour. Just like all of their products, they don’t use any preservatives or additives in the preparation of the final product.

How to Enjoy Sweet Apple Cider
Warmed up with a cinnamon stick any time of day! Warm it up in a pot, sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and a large cinnamon stick. Get into your comfiest clothing and curl up on the couch in front of fire, and just let the apple cider sink in.

Sweet Apple Cider Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Filsinger’s apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp  Filsinger’s sweet apple cider
1 tbsp local honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder

Place all the ingredients in a blender or small processor and blend until well combined and creamy. Tastes delicious on spinach or arugula with fresh sliced apples, walnuts and hemp seeds!

If you have never used or tried Apple Cider Vinegar, now is your chance!! Tell me why, what, and how you would like to use it and you just may win your very gift basket full of Filsinger’s goodies! The basket (which is large in size) contains Sweet Apple Cider, Apple Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Pear Sauce)

Just post a comment below!

At the end of the week, I’ll choose the best answer to be rewarded with the gift basket. Good luck Torontonians!

Note: (Winner must be able to pick it up in Toronto)

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15 Responses to It Doesn’t Have to be Winter for Apple Cider!

  1. Erin says:

    I like apple cider vinegar on salads. It also gets used as an ingredient when making kale chips. I also use it as a hair and scalp conditioner ;) I haven’t used it as a household cleaner, but I do use regular vinegar.

  2. Angela Hunt says:

    I love apple cider vinegar. As a Naturopathic Doctor I use it all the time in cooking but also medicinally. Here is a great tip: If someone is experiencing indigestion try a 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 10-20 minutes before the meal. It can start to increase the stomach acid and help you digest you meal better. This is especially helpful when you know you are about to indulge in a heavy meal. I also love using it in homemade salad dressings, a little olive oil, some spices and garlic…delicious!

  3. Erica says:

    I LOVE apple cider vinegar and I swear I probably use more than anyone else on the planet. I cook with it regularly because I love the zing and natural sweetness it gives dishes, so I use it in place of other vinegars, oils and lemon juice in salad dressings, curries, stir fries, sautes, etc. Actually, I love everything apple. I would list apples as one of my favorite foods, although I’m picky about what types. My favs are mutsu, honey crisp, jona gold and ginger gold (in that order). Apples were also one of the few things I could eat during both my pregnancies (although when pregnant I favour granny smiths)! I also use apple butter to naturally sweeten baked goods, salad dressings, marinades and sauces.

    Oh, and it is also a great natural cleaner for your home and great way to neutralize odours, something that is key when you have young (messy) children!

  4. Val says:

    Aside from the usual salads, I’ve been experimenting with using more acids in cooking – often a little bit of acid (vinegar, lemon juice, etc) can really bring out the flavours. Apple cider vinegar is great for that!

    I also use it as a local alternative to rice vinegar when making sushi.

  5. I’m a big fan of apple cider vinegar. I use it in almost all of my salad dressings and sauces. Sometimes I even use it in my hair!

  6. Kay says:

    I love apple cider vinegar & use it alot with lemon juice & water for a quick pick me up drink first thing in the morning & over steamed veggies or salad – its da bomb!! :)

  7. Colleen C says:

    I use Apple Cider in a variety of ways. I use Apple Cider Vinegar in cooking, and in dressings. I also use it as a hair rinse!
    I love Apple Cider Hot, I warm it up on the stove with a stick of cinnamon, a few cloves, allspice a bit of nutmeg and a few raisons and a squirt of lemon juice. Yummy!
    Oh, and might I say I was surprised at how awesome pear sauce is! I made a case from scratch two summers ago with a tree load of organic pears. I cooked them down, used a hand blender to break them down, added a little cinnamon and nutmeg – the result was out of this world awesome!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I can make it into Toronto for the basket!

  8. Thank you all for your answers. We will be selecting a winner tomorrow!

  9. Sharon says:

    Well, I have never used apple cider vinegar other than in the recipes (salad dressings) that I have made at your cooking classes. I have found that through the cooking classes with you, you have demystified certain foods/condiments and opened up my creativity to experiment further. If I won the basket – I would be opened up to possibilities… for nourishment, health and creativity!

  10. Wilhelmina says:

    Like apple juice, it probably contains some pectin; vitamins B1, B2, and B6; biotin; folic acid; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of the minerals sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Apple cider vinegar can also contain significant quantities of acetic acid and citric acid. It is used to make medicine.

    Apple cider vinegar is used alone or with honey for weak bones (osteoporosis), weight loss, leg cramps and pain, upset stomach, sore throats, sinus problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, to help rid the body of toxins, stimulate thinking, slow the aging process, regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and fight infection.

    Some times my son will apply apple cider vinegar to the skin for acne, as a skin toner, or to soothe sunburn, for shingles, insect bites, and to prevent dandruff. It is also used in the bath for vaginal infections.

    In foods,I use apple cider vinegar as a flavoring agent. love it on my kale chips and salad dressings. If you don’t use start now there are so many benefits

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