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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mama Masha's kitchen - quick hits - why vinegar is awesome

Forget the philosopher's stone, forget the fountain of youth. The real magical substance can be found in the kitchen. It's vinegar. The most commonly known vinegar - distilled vinegar - is produced by fermentation of distilled alcohol, after which the resulting substance is diluted to 5% - 8% strength.

Vinegar is a natural cleaner and disinfectant. It conquers mold and pet odors. A mild vinegar solution misted over plants protects them against aphids and other common garden bags. Undiluted vinegar is a known weed killer - and is much safer than the profoundly toxic RoundUp.

Vinegar-water compress applied to sore joints help reduce inflammation. The same compress wrapped over the forehead alleviates fever.

A vinegar rinse after washing your hair wakes up your scalp and your hair follicles, making your hair healthy and shiny and helping it grow faster.

Vinegar is the essential ingredient in pickling solutions, making it possible for us to save up some vegetables for later use. It is potentially helpful for veggies, whose natural acid content is too low to battle bacterial on their own. Mixed with water, pickling salt, brown sugar, various herbs and spices, vinegar gives cucumbers and zucchini a delicious tangy flavor and that satisfying crunch.

Balsamic vinegar mixed with olive oil is my personal salad dressing of choice. It also works as a flavor enhancer and moisturizer for meats that are known for their dryness - such as chicken and pork.

So, go out, buy a big bottle of vinegar, and see what you can do with it. Have fun!

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