Whether enjoyed as a wellness supplement, drizzled over salads, or used for pickling, vinegar has more than earned its place in pantries everywhere. And with so many to choose from, including apple cider, balsamic, rice, wine, and more, vinegar definitely qualifies as one the most versatile condiments on the shelf. The history of this acidic liquid dates all the way back to 5,000 BC when it was first discovered after wine was left to ferment too long. Ancient Egyptians are said to have used vinegar as a preservative, ancient Greeks are said to have used it as a health tonic, and in ancient China, it was used as a dipping sauce. Today, vinegar is beloved for all of these reasons and more.
Household Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Sure apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used as a natural wellness enhancer for centuries, but it also functions as a multi-purpose essential. Here are just a few ways you can make the most of this home must-have:
- Mix ACV with baking soda and water for a natural teeth whitener
- Dilute with water and use as a shampoo rinse
- Mix with water and essential oils for a non-chemical household cleaner
- Add ACV to dish soap and water and place in a small bowl to keep fruit flies away
Top Vinegar Brands
These vinegar brands add a splash of pizazz.
With ingredients sourced directly from local farmers, Vermont Village is owned and operated by the Vermont dwellers and works to provide accessible food that nourishes communities.
Napa Valley Naturals
This family-owned brand offers an array of Certified Organic artisan vinegars and expeller pressed cooking oils while supporting environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, and entrepreneurial farmers devoted to these principles.
Bragg’s entire line is dedicated to promoting natural health through unprocessed, organic foods. Along with apple cider vinegar, Bragg offers liquid aminos (made with non-GMO soy), herb and spice blends, yeast seasoning, extra virgin olive oil, and vinaigrette salad dressing.
Best Apple Cider Vinegars
Support healthy digestion and then some with these ACV favorites.
Thrive Market Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Feeling a little sluggish? Our very own raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is made from fresh organic apples and includes a wellness-boosting sediment (known as “the Mother”) comprised of enzymes, proteins, and good-for-you bacteria.
Natural Nectar Biodynamic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This Certified Biodynamic organic apple cider vinegar is aged in oak casks and imported from France, where the brand has been perfecting its meticulous manufacturing process for over 30 years.
Best Balsamic Vinegars
These intensely flavored, concentrated vinegars deliver a bold punch.
Kitchen & Love Premium Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
A long-standing pantry must-have, this high-quality balsamic vinegar comes from Modena, Italy and can be enjoyed on its own with bread and extra virgin olive oil or incorporated into your favorite Italian recipes.
Thrive Market Organic Balsamic Vinegar
Our balsamic vinegar is made in Italy with pesticide-free, non-GMO grapes that are pressed with their skins on and fermented in wooden barrels until it becomes syrupy, glossy, and delightfully sweet.
Best Alternative Vinegars
Spice up your seasonings with these unexpected vinegars.
Napa Valley Naturals Champagne Reserve Wine Vinegar
This artisan vinegar is crafted from sparkling wine from several California cellars. The zesty, crisp flavor comes courtesy of Champagne made from Chardonnay grapes. Try it as a dipping vinegar or whisk into a vinaigrette.
Recipes with Vinegar
Mix things up with these vinegar-infused recipes.
Switch things up with this wellness-boosting switchel, aka a drink made with vinegar. It combines four ingredients—elderberry syrup, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and water—all of which are then steeped overnight.
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
Give your digestive system a little extra boost with this healthy gut-supporting elixir of apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, maple syrup, and filtered water. Just whisk together and serve over ice.
Balsamic Coconut Whipped Cream with Strawberries
Looking for a sweet treat that’s ideal for a summertime soiree? This unique non-dairy dessert blends together coconut cream, honey, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper for a delightfully unexpected dip for fresh strawberries.