I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom CentralConsulting for Heinz Vinegar. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating. Did you know that Heinz was founded in 1869 and they have been committed to producing pure, all-natural vinegar since then! That is a crazy long time. It seems to me anyone doing something that long should have the hang of what they are doing. You can use vinegar for so many things. I am pretty sure vinegar is one of my favorite condiments, cleaners, and recipe additions. So many times, I have said, “Just add a little vinegar!”
When I was pregnant, I went through several bottles of the Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. I loved the smell of it and hated the smell of everything else. To solve the dilemma, I was a weirdo and put vinegar on my upper lip to smell instead of the world! It is great for cleaning, and getting out smells that would never go away like cat urine. It will also make the smell of garlic be non-existent allowing you to eat garlic straight from the jar without getting horrid garlic breath. Apple Cider vinegar is perfect for marinades and a must-have in all potato salads! I believe I have used vinegar in everything, but pickling. So, today I wanted to give pickling a try! I bought the Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar and the Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to see what the difference would be. The biggest difference that I noticed was the mother. The mother is the floaty stuff that collects at the bottom, and is what my mom told me all good vinegar has! Heinz defines them as follows:
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar begins with fine quality apples and crystal clear water to create a clean, mellow flavor ideal for salads, marinades and recipes. It has the full 5 percent acidity required for canning and pickling.
- Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar: Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar retains the “mother” of the vinegar – a compound created naturally during vinegar’s fermentation process. It is ideal for salads, marinades and recipes as well as a variety of other uses.
So, you want to know how to pickle right? I figure if you can pickle cucumbers, you can pickle anything. It is actually very easy to do! Well, I used a Food Saver to do the hard part, but you can do it the old fashioned way too! I chose to pickle red onions, garlic cloves, carrots, and of course some cucumbers.
- 2 cups of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2.5 T Kosher Salt
- 1 T sugar
- 3 cups water
- ½ T Pickling Spice
- Fresh Dill
- Mustard Seed
- Vegetables for Pickling
- 1 gallon of water for brining
- ½ cup of picking salt
- Wash and cut the ends off of the vegetables if you will be slicing them.
- Sanitize the jars in the dishwasher
- Mix together ½ cup of Pickling Salt with the 1 gallon of water.
- Place the cut vegetables in the brine solution overnight or for 12 hours.
- Drain and discard the liquid.
- Heat the top 5 ingredients to a simmer.
- Fill the jars with a teaspoon of whole mustard seed and a Tablespoon of dill seed or fresh dill
- Pour the pickle mix over the vegetables and fill one inch from the top
- Seal with a FoodSaver until the top no longer can be pushed in.
- For the best flavor, wait two weeks until eating.
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