Lavender-Lime Infused Vinegar

Vinegars are wonderfully versatile and have long been appreciated for their ability to clean and disinfect surfaces and to preserve and enhance food. They also have many health benefits and can be infused with a variety of herbs for more specific medicinal or practical uses.

Infused vinegars are simple to make and can be customized to serve many different purposes. They are a tasty addition to salad dressings, soups, and sauces. They can be used in your beauty routine to help balance skin and hair. They are also a safe and effective alternative to conventional cleaning products.

This recipe is best suited as an ingredient in an all-purpose household cleaner, though it certainly can be consumed as well (and is quite tasty!). It utilizes white vinegar, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties and works well to remove stains and odors from a variety of surfaces. 

Lime is a disinfectant that kills bacteria and viruses, making it a great addition to a cleaning spray. The naturally occurring acids in citrus also help to cut grease and remove stains. Lavender adds a lovely smell to the vinegar and is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. 


Ingredients:

  • Lime peels 
  • White Vinegar
  • Fresh lavender sprigs 

Directions:

Fill a jar with lime peels. Don’t pack the jar too tightly, the peels will need to be able to move freely in the vinegar to infuse well. Add the sprigs of lavender and pour vinegar over top to fill the jar. Cap tightly with a lid. (If your lid is metal, placing a square of parchment paper between the lid and the rim of the jar can help prevent corrosion.) 

Let infuse for 2-3 weeks, shaking the jar daily. Then, strain through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth and rebottle.

To make an all purpose cleaner with your vinegar you will need:

  • 1 part lavender-lime infused white vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 part water 
  • essential oils, if desired

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and use to clean and disinfect surfaces, neutralize odors, and remove stains.
Other ingredients that make great additions to infused vinegars that are to be used for cleaning and disenfecting purposes are thyme, tea tree, basil, eucalyptus, oregano, sage, rosemary, and lemon. 

Enjoy infusing your own vinegars for your culinary and household needs. I’d love to hear about any of your favorite combinations in the comments section below! 

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Strawberry Lime Fruit Leather

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This fruit leather is full of delicious and nutrient dense fruit making it a great snack to keep on hand. It is naturally packed with vitamin C, which is essential for healing wounds, and maintaining strong bones and teeth. It also is a great source of fiber, which helps to prevent type II diabetes, and many types of cancer. Fiber also promotes healthy digestion and weight management.

The apples in this leather are a great source of the antioxidant quercetin, which promotes cardiovascular and respiratory health and also helps the body from self-destructing during long periods of stress. Limes are also an important source of many vitamins and minerals, including potassium. Potassium is important for maintaining nerve health and a healthy blood pressure. Strawberries are full of health promoting compounds as well, and are especially rich in anthocyanin and biotin. Anthocyanin helps to improve short term memory while biotin helps to build healthy skin and nails.

The many health benefits of this fruit packed snack makes it a great choice for kids as an alternative to conventional “fruit roll ups” and “fruit snacks.” Unlike these processed foods,  homemade fruit leathers like this one are made with vitamin and mineral rich whole ingredients that are just as delicious as they are good for you.
To make Strawberry-Lime Fruit Leather you will need:

-4 apples
-2 pounds of strawberries
-2 limes
-olive oil mister or parchment paper

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