Have you ever given much thought to vinegar besides what to use which type for? Probably, not, so let’s have a quick lesson on vinegar.
The word vinegar is derived from the French, “vin aigre”, which, literally, means sour wine. I think we can all agree that’s an accurate description based on the pungent smell associated with all types of vinegar. Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol byacetic acid bacteria. TMI? Maybe, but the important part to remember is fermentation. All types of vinegar are fermented products.
Vinegar started out as mainly a condiment and preservative in the B.C. era and, historically, it has had a great variety of industrial, medical and domestic uses. Plain white vinegar is still used by some as a general household cleaner (ask Grandma), but vinegars of all types are most widely used as an ingredient.
Now, that you’re seeing vinegar in a whole new light, here are ideas to inspire you when discovering new ways to use this versatile liquid.
Here are a few recipe ideas involving vinegar!