I've been making my own vinegar for years. The flavour is better than most of the shop-bought stuff (although there are some great brands) and it's fun coming up with different flavours. I started when I had a batch of home-made wine that tasted like battery acid. I decided to experiment and bought a batch of vinegar mother online.
The mother is a strange gloopy looking substance that is mostly bacteria. These bacteria convert ethanol (an alcohol) into acetic acid, the main constituent of vinegar. You can use any alcoholic drink to produce vinegar, just by adding some of the mother bacteria, covering with a cloth and leaving somewhere warm. Mine lives on the kitchen windowsill, in an old pottery jar. After a couple of months you'll have vinegar, which you can pour off. The remaining live vinegar can be used to produce the next batch, and so on.
The other great vinegar reviews cover some of the uses - everything from pickling to cleaning the windows. You can experiment with flavours by combining different types, or using different brands of cider or wine. You can also add flavours - white wine vinegar with fresh thyme from the garden stuffed into the bottle is great for salads.
If you can't find vinegar mother and want to give it a go, just buy an unfiltered organic vinegar, which most supermarkets sell, and use the murky stuff at the bottom to start a batch. Have fun :)
Well it's that time of year again, where has the last 12 months gone? Did we have summer? When was it Easter? I can't beleive that we are in November already. Normally I would be well on my way to having all my Christmas pressies all got and wrapped, but with the last few months events I have nothing whatsoever!
There is one thing though that I must do now and this I did yesterday.
This is to make my jars of Pickled Eggs for my boys. I don't remember when this first started but it was way back when they were all little and hubby is particial to a pickled egg. So I started to make my own and now it just seems to have become a regular thing that I do this time of year.
So at the weekend I went into the supermarket and got my jars of Sarsons pickling vinegar. I only buy Sarsons as I do beleive that this is best when using to pickle. This comes in a large glass jar that holds 1.14litres of vinegar and when you remove about half of the vinegar you will have your container to put your eggs in, so this doubles up as your pickling jar as well.
This is a very clear vinegar ( looks just water in fact!) with no other things floating in it( like spices ect..). Now to begin get your eggs, I find that the cheaper the eggs the better they shell as when I first done these I only got the best eggs and they were really hard to shell. Now each jar holds around 14 medium sized eggs (thats filling it right to the brim!). Take each egg out of the fridge, give each egg a shake (to get yoke in middle) and hard boil for about 8-10 minutes then plunge into cold water to stop a black line appearing around the yoke in the middle.
Now the next bit I hate as I have so many to shell, 42 in fact! Hoping they will shell easy I get shelling, pop each one into the prepared jar then cover with the distilled vinegar. These are usually ready to eat after about 6 weeks and last forever.
I also love distilled vinegar ( for this I will buy Tesco's own) for cleaning my windows, this beats all window cleaning products on the market as far as I'm concerned. It is a bit more time consuming but the results are really brilliant. Pour some vinegar into a bowl or bucket, I use 1 part vinegar to 8 parts water. Get hold of some newspaper then you can get started. Using a cloth thats been in the bucket of vinegar solution squeeze out and wipe over your windows, then screw up each piece of newspaper and rub over the windows until dry and you will have the most sparkling windows ever!!!
One problem with this is that you do have to be careful as the print does come of the newspaper onto your hands, so it is best to get the marigolds out and to try not to touch the window surrounds as this would leave marks on them, but it is really worth doing.
I think that being this Sarsons comes with it's own pickling jar and that you only use half a jar at a time it works out at good value at £1.30 a jar, plus around £1 for the eggs (thats for each jar) that makes the pickled eggs around £1.65 a jar.
Now you can buy pickled eggs in Tesco's which I have tried and they where horrible as well as being expensive, they worked out to £1.97 for a 510g jar, so mine work out much cheaper and you can't beat homemade things!!!
I'll give vinegar in general a big 5 stars as it is so versatile to use for many different things.
Ok, first off keep an open mind and think about the credit crunch and old school ways of cleaning!
I have recently been converted to WHITE VINEGAR (please don't use brown!!!) as a cleaner and disinfectant. A bottle of white vinegar costs around 50p (tesco own brand) and has a multitude of uses. It lasts months and is so much cheaper than the alternative cleaning products i would use otherwise.
First off i use it as a fabric conditioner (i did say keep an opend mind) - i put 1-2 capfuls in my conditioner drawer of the washing machine and my clothes come up smelling of the washing powder i have used. No vinegar smell at all on my clothes although occassionally the machine will have a vinegar odour which soon goes. I air dry my clothes and they are soft and my towels are always fluffy!
I also use it as a cleaner, diluted 1 part vinegar to 3/4 parts water i use it to wipe and wash my sides/cupboard doors and floors. I also use it in the bathroom! It does smell of vinegar but soon clears if you open a window and the cleaning ability of vinegar is amazing!
I kid you not. This is a war time trick and what have you got to lose. Give it a try :)
Vinegar do we make the most of it?
Most of us have a bottle of vinegar in our cupboards and just use it now and again to sprinkle on our chips - yet it is a most wonderful, almost magical, substance and can be used for many purposes.
The word vinegar is derived from the French word 'vinaigre' which translates as "sour wine." Vinegar's role in history is well documented and it has been widely used for thousands of years.
The first records of its use start around 5000 BC. The Babylonians used the fruit of the date palm to make wine and vinegar. They used it as a food and as a preserving or pickling agent.
Vinegar residues have also been found in ancient Egyptian urns from around the time 3000 BC. Hippocrates also advocated the use of vinegar as a remedy for a variety of ailments including coughs and colds.
Caesar's armies used to drink vinegar and Helen of Troy used to bathe in it... Indeed, it was said that Jesus was offered vinegar to drink before he was crucified....
There are literally thousands of uses for vinegar - too many to mention here.
Take white distilled vinegar for example ... it is one of the most versatile and economical products there is and can be used for a variety of purposes in cooking, cleaning and gardening.
Uses for white distilled vinegar.
In cooking it can be used to tenderize meat and is especially useful for marinades or when slow cooking any tough and inexpensive cuts of meat such as stewing steak.
If you add a drop to the water when poaching eggs. It will help the eggs to form beter., .It can be used to perk up and refresh wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water containing a spoonful of white distilled vinegar.
To make pasta less sticky and to reduce the starch just add a splash to the water.
Make onion odours disappear from your hands by rubbing with white distilled vinegar.
Add a drop to get rid of the greasy taste in food cooked in a deep fryer.
Add a tables poon to the water when boiling eggs to prevent them from cracking.Get rid of weeds and grass growing in unwanted places. Cover them with some white distilled vinegar....
Preserve cut flowers and revive wilted flowers by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to the water in a vase.
Get rid of the crusty deposits on plant pots and saucers by soaking them overnigfht in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Remove rust on tools, screws or bolts by soaking them for several days in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Vinegar also can be used for many health and medical purposes. For example it can be used on insect stings and bites. Dab them with some some vinegar on cotton wool. It soothes them and stops them itching. It can also be used to soothe sunburn.. It acts as an effective antiseptic for cuts and scrapes.
So - these are just a few examples of how vinegar can be used around the home.
I hope that this article will encourage you to view the humble bottle of vinegar with great admiration!
Vinegar is such useful stuff and not just for bringing out the taste of chips or adding to salad dressings.
I use malt vinegar for adding to basic dishes - it's lovely on salads and on most fried foods, but it's the white vinegar which I find useful for cleaning. Used neat on a cloth, it's fantastic for wiping smears off mirrors and windows. I mix it with warm water for general window cleaning; it's more effective than any of the window cleaning products I have tried. The acidity in it cuts through grease and dirt leaving the windows really clean; just a final wipe with some scrunched up newspaper will bring the glass up to a fine shine.
For unblocking sinks and drains, a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar works a treat. I put about a quarter of a pint of vinegar to a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda down the sink plughole; it fizzes (but not dangerously) and works to unblock it and clear grease. I would not recommend it for major blockages, however, which should always be investigated properly.
White vinegar makes an excellent fabric conditioner; just a capful poured into the conditioner drawer of your washing machine will leave your washing soft and easy to iron but will not leave any lingering vinegar smell. It also helps to keep the washing machine itself clean.
You can also add vinegar - any kind - to casseroles, stews and soups that contain meat - it helps to tenderise it.
I also love balsamic vinegar and add it to a lot of dishes but its most surprising use is with fresh strawberries - for some reason, it really brings out the full flavour of them. Add a teaspoonful to cut strawberries, add sugar if you wish, and leave them to soak up the taste. Delicious.
Vinegar and sugar mixed up on a teaspoon is a really effective cure for hiccups and cider vinegar mixed with honey works wonders on a sore throat and really helps to soothe if you have a cold.
A very good use for vinegar is removing bad odours from a room. If you've been cooking something like a curry, just leave a bottle standing with the top off and the vinegar will absorb the smell. This is especially useful if someone has been sick and you want to make the room smell fresher - in this case, you might not want a bottle of vinegar masquerading as an ornament in a living room or bedroom, so you can just pour some vinegar into a little dish and leave it in a discreet place.
All in all, vinegar is one of the most useful things you can buy, and one of the cheapest. Malt vinegar, the brown one, sells for around .69p for 568mls and the white is a little dearer. It is found in all grocers and supermarkets; the most well-known is Sarson's but all the supermarkets have their own-brand vinegars.
I like to use vinegar on my dinner. I buy Sarsons Malt Vinegar for sprinkling on my dinner and this is really tasty added to chips with a little sprinkling of salt. It adds a little bit of bite to an otherwise boring food. The chips are best cut up your self from a good potato and then baked in the oven with a little fry light sprayed over them. If you have a deeper dish, you could add a small layer of water under the raw potato and spray teh top and they par boil/bake at the same time. The vinegar really compliments this meal.
Another food I like to sprinkle vinegar on is peas. If I am having peas with my dinner and there is no gravy with that meal, so a fish meal for instance, then I like to put vinegar on the peas then. My grandad got me into this habit and it something I do through habit now but it is very tasty.
I also buy White Wine Vinegar and add it to olive oil and garlic salt to make a lovely salad dressing. It is not as sharp as malt vinegar but makes the dressing tangy enough to stand out from the rest of the salad. Very tasty.
Lastly, I buy pickling vinegar and pickle my own onions. Usually just at Christmas I do this but occasionally I have done it through the year. I got one of the pickled onion jars from my local fish and chip shop and then sat one night peeling onions (little pickling ones) and then added the pickling vinegar to the jar, shut it up tight and left it for about 6 weeks. The onions were really sharp and delicous. The very best - better than Haywards!
This review is about Apple Cider Vinegar in particular and all the uses of it as a natural medicine.
There are a lot of uses I have heard of from my mum and grandma but I'm only going to write about the one I know works from experience.
TO CURE WARTS: I had 2 very small warts on my hand and wartner and other wart treatments didn't work. So again asked my nanna if she knew anything natural and she suggested putting cider vinegar on them.
Decided to try it on just one of my warts:
So I applied the vinegar to a small piece of cotton wool and put a sticking plaster over the top to hold it onto the wart overnight.
In the morning I took the plaster off and my wart had gone black, (apparently a sign its dying) It throbbed slightly but thats normal apparently so don't worry my nanna told me.
The wart then shrunk and dropped off all from that one application.
So obviously repeated it on the other one and the same happened.
I like these natural cures as you know you're doing no harm to your body.
Hope they work for you...
Vinegar has many uses, in my mind the best use for it is to put it on chips with some salt and ketchup. However there are loads of other things that you can do with it. Instead of listing for you every recipe containing vinegar, I've comprised a list of fun facts about it, here they are:
* Vinegar has been used for 10000 years! That's a very long time.
~ It is mainly used to prepare food and as a disinfectant
* There is a museum dedicated just to vinegar
~ Vinegar reacts with baking soda to produce carbon dioxide (make your own volcano)
* It can melt pearls
~ It will make a chicken bone rubbery after 24 hours
* Salad dressings, sauces, ketchup, mustard and pickles are all made of vinegar
~ Vinegar can be made to taste of fruits or herbs
* If you soak your feet in it you can stop athletes foot
~ A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar is thought to stop the hiccups
* Soap your tights in water and vinegar to make them last longer
Here's some weird things that it can be used for:
* To kill weeds or grass that's growing in the wrong places
~ To deter ants or cats
* Freshen vegetables
~ Soothe a bee or jellyfish string
* To help get rid of dandruff
~ To get rid of the nasty smells in the kitchen drain
* Disenfect wooden boards
~ To help cut through grease on dishes
* When added to baking soda it can clear a blocked drain
~ To make stainless steel shine
* Clean glassware or windows
~ Add a cup to the rinse cycle to wash lint off clothes
* To remove tough stains
~ Freshen cut flowers, add to their water
I hope you like the facts.
Vinegar's uses are endless. We all know it's a great condiment, but there are so many ways to utillise vinegars qualities around the house.
- Cleaning kitchen surfaces: mix equal parts white distilled vinegar and water and wipe over the surface.
- Aluminium pots and pans with dark stains: mix 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for every cup of water needed to cover the stains, let it boil for a couple of minutes and then rinse with cold water.
- Cutting boards: clean and disinfect by wiping with neat white distilled vinegar. Do the same on a hob or hotplate to remove food stains and on bathroom cabinets and mirrors to clean.
- Microwave: fill a glass bowl filled with ¼ cup (55ml) vinegar into 1 cup (225ml) water, put in the microwave and blitz for 5 minutes on the highest setting. Once the bowl is cool, dip a cloth into the mixture and wipe away any stains and splatters from the inside of the microwave.
- Glass shower doors: wipe with a cloth dipped in a solution of 1/2 cup (110 ml) white distilled vinegar, 1 cup (225 ml) ammonia, and ¼ cup (60g) baking soda mixed in about 4 litres of warm water.
- Fresh flowers: make them last longer by putting 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the vase of water.
- Patios and driveways: for unwanted weeds spray them with neat white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. For dandelions spray in the middle of the flower and at ground level to soak into the root. If it rains, give it another spray.
- Plastic garden furniture: wipe any mildew with neat white vinegar and wipe with a cloth.
- Wooden garden furniture: mix 1 cup (225ml) ammonia, ½ cup (110ml) white vinegar and ½ cup (60g) baking powder in 4 litres of water and wipe to get rid of mildew. Apply this to decking with a broom dipped into the solution to remove any mildew.
- Insects: to trap flies mosquitoes and other insects place a bowl of apple cider vinegar near some food but away from people e.g. guests at a bbq. They are attracted to the sweet vinegar and will drown.
Vinegar for most is something you splash on your fish and chips but it has many hidden qualities and can be very useful for a lot of strange things. I have to admit I have not tried out too many of these things I tend to stick to taking a nice bottle of balsamic and soaking my fish and chips with it before adding the salt so that it sticks to the now wet fish and chips mmm a lovely treat!!
Here are a few things I have personally used vinegar for and I will follow this up with some things I have heard of it being used for.
Firstly if you have any old tools which have been left outside or in the garden shed and have rusted to the point where you are just about to throw them out then wait!! Fill a jug or similar container with vinegar and soak the tools in it over night, hey presto in the morning no rust. The acid in the vinegar removes the rust in around 12 hours. If the tools are very rusty then give them a rub down after their first soak and soak again for a perfect rust free finish.
Now a more popular use which I think many of you will already know about, window cleaning. Vinegar is great for cleaning windows, mirrors and other glass objects, it can clean of sticky marks or every day grime and always leaves a streak free finish.
Now here`s one my mum ran past me a few years ago when she saw the awful state of the inside of my microwave and it works. If your microwave has like mine was been allowed to gather food splashes until they were welded on then in order to loosen these stains take a cup of water (about 3 quarters full and top up with vinegar, boil it in the microwave then leave to sit for ten minutes on removal from the microwave the stains will be ready to just wipe off and the machine will smell fresher too.
Now moving on to some other uses that I have heard of but never tried!!
According to many the best cure for hiccups is to hold your breath for ten seconds then immediately swallow a tablespoon of malt vinegar.
When painting place a bowl of vinegar in the corner of the room to dramatically lessen paint fumes.
To remove grease build up from your oven fill a spray bottle with three parts water and one part vinegar, after the oven has been used and has cooled down to warm not cold spray the mixture all around the oven then when cold wipe and watch the grease go.
Well there you have a few tips for using vinegar for more than just to taste your food, as mentioned some I can vouch for personally others I cant. I have seen books and things online that reckon there are over a thousand uses for vinegar but I think they may be getting carried away. Vinegar tastes great and can be enjoyed in many varieties I will finish off with a list of some of the types of vinegars available.
Apple Cider vinegar
Balsamic vinegar (my favourite, the daddy of all vinegars)
Thanks for reading!!
I feel that vinegar is a very unrated product and many people are not aware of just how versatile vinegar can be.
Vinegar is available in a variety of different types-
Malt Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar and many more
Vinegar can be used in a variety of different ways and not just for cooking. Although the thought of chips with salt and vinegar or a salad with a vinegertte dressing is making my mouth water.
Vinegar is actually a fantastic cleaning product.
Vinegar is a great way to clean mirrors and windows, simply dilute in some water and clean away.
Vinegar is also a fantastic way to get the dirt and grime out of wood.
For example- I have a solid wood kitchen that I used to clean regularly with traditional cleaning products (multi surface cleaner etc.) until I read a handy hint that vinegar would do the job much better.
Now I simply dilute vinegar in some water, apply to a cloth and wipe down my cupboards. You wouldl be absolutley amazed at the amout of dirt and grime that comes out of the wood.
A good, cheap and versatile product
When I was quite a lot younger the only time I saw vinegar was in the traditional fish and chip shop where you stood at the counter watching the assistant putting your chips into a newspaper and then sprinkle your chips with salt and vinegar.
Now things are completely different. You can buy malt vinegar, white vinegar and cider vinegar. It has a distinct taste and is enjoyed all around the world. It usually comes in a glass bottle which can be recycled , which is good for the environment.
Vinegar has a wide range of uses apart from cooking. It can be used neat on the skin for stings and can be used diluted for cleaning any surfaces.
Vinegar is also widely used for cleaning windows.
Cider vinegar is useful for various aches and pains. You can now buy a book on vinegar. This gives you a comprehensive list of uses for vinegar. It costs around £3 and is good value for money.
Vinegar is possibly the most versatile product in the world.... In World War 1 it was used to clean the wounds of soldiers, nowadays its uses are endless. It has a high concenrtation of acetic acids, formed when bacteria digest fermented liquids....
It's used really are endless ranging from Treating acne to killing foot odour. Cider vinigar is most recommended for health benefits however your everyday vinegar is just as good, and works as a very cheap and efficient household cleaner.
I have compiled a short list of some of its uses, but bare in mind this is a short list as its uses reach hundreds!
Aftersun...... It cools the skin as it quickly dries.
Hives & Bites.... Relieves itching by neutralising skin.
Foot odour.... Bathing feet in vinegar not only cools but also neutralises odour.
Stings..... Great during the summer months if stung by a jellyfish!
Sore throaths..... equal amounts of honey and vinegar make a very effictive cough syrup
Household cleaner.... Can be used alover the house for cleaning and killing germs. Even used on windows for an extra sparkle!
Antibacterial..... Fantastic antibacterial properties, may even be used to treat earache.
Deterrant.... Vinegar will stop bugs from coming anywhere it is sprayed
Vinigars other uses include the treatment of:
Greasy Hair and skin
Infact, the uses are endless. Vinegar is so cheap now, you can probably pick it up for about 20p a bottle, however if like me you begin to notice its many uses and begin to use large amounts of it, you can start to make your own quite easily.....
Use boiled water to sterilize jars and utensils, use cider or wine and add a dash of vinegar, this triggers fermentation and in no time you have your own homemade vinegar, as much of it as you want, although I suspect with todays prices of both alcohol and vinegar, it is cheaper to buy a supermarkets own brand rather than use wine to make your own!!!
I never thought i would be writing review on vinegar, so why you might ask am i writing about it. well...
I was getting ready for my 30th birthday party and my friend came over to french plait my daughter's hair and to my horror she had found head lice. Now i had no time to sort her out so thought as it is the weekend i would go and get some stuff the next day, but being hung over the next day it went completely out of my head and only remembered till the sunday. So i thought well i will try a little vinegar, why? you ask, well my mum used to use it on my hair when i was a child so i thought i would give it a shot, so first i decided to grab one of the crawly little mites, put it on a piece of kitchen roll and put a little vinegar on it and it died.
So there i was putting all this vinegar and remember my daughter saying "I smell like a fish and chip shop" and i have to say, it really worked.
So that is one good use for vinegar.
I have gathered some more ideas on vinegar as well, which i have gathered form friends, family and with a little research too, and never realised how many uses it had, so here they are.
Window cleaner...A quarter cup in a quarter of water makes a good window cleaner. When you use vinegar in your water to was h windows, dry with newspapers. Your windows will sparkle!
Floor cleaner... Add half a cup of vinegar to a gal. Of water to keep your vinyl no wax floors clean and shining.
Carpet and stain remover...Take a trigger spray bottle and fill with one part white vinegar to seven parts water. Saturate stain with ninegar solution. Let dwell for a few minutes and blot thoroughly with a clean, white cloth. Repeat until stain has gone.
And there you are, a few helpful tips on why vinegar is so useful, not just for chips, but as a good household cleaner and i have heard that cidar vinegar is a good fat buster too.
Many of us use Vinegar to make our chips taste better but do you know just how many other things Vinegar can be used for. Here are just a few. Cooking ? We all know vinegar can preserve food but you can prolong the self live of meat for a day or two by washing the meat in vinegar then washing it off again. ? Stop eggs from cracking while boiling by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar at start. ? Tenderise meat by either soaking in vinegar overnight or rubbing on both side?s leaving for a couple of hours then wash it off. ? Rub on hands before and after peeling onions to remove odour. ? If 1 tablespoon is added to red cabbage while cooking it won?t turn purple. Cleaning ? Equal parts of vinegar and salt will remove tea and coffee stains from china. ? Heat salt and vinegar in a small pan. Use to clean the scorched base of an iron. ? Use equal parts vinegar and warm water to clean windows without leaving streaks. ? To clean a vase with a small opening. Crush egg shells put in vase with vinegar and water. Shake until clean. ? Add to water when washing glass to make it sparkle. ? Use on a soft cloth to clean stainless steel. ? The easiest way to clean all the splatters inside your microwave is to put 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Place in microwave and boil. Leave door shut for 5-10 minutes then wipe clean. ? Soften chewing gum from fabrics and carpets by soaking with vinegar, if you warm the vinegar it will work even quicker. ? Rub stains left by deodorant by rubbing with white vinegar to remove them before washing in the normal way. ? Use neat to remove ink stains from fabric. ? Wipe over a car windscreen before leaving over night to prevent windscreen frosting up. ? Soak r
usty tools and metal in neat vinegar overnight to remove rust. ? If you place a small bowl of white vinegar in a room when painting it will help remove the paint odour. Health ? Use to relieve sunburn. ? Help a sore throat by gargling with a cup of water containing 2 tea spoon s of vinegar. ? Use vinegar to sooth a bee sting. ? It is believed that cider vinegar can help people with arthritis. ? Add one teaspoon of vinegar to the final rinse when washing your hair, this will help prevent dandruff. In the garden. ? Use vinegar to help kill weeds. ? Spray around to deter ants and cats. ? Use to kill grass from the driveway. ? Help keep cut flowers fresh by adding, 2 teaspoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar to the water. There are so many more but I hope these few are useful. Thanks for reading. Kim.
Vinegar is a liquid produced from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid. The acetic acid concentration ranges typically from 4 to 8 percent by volume for table vinegar (typically 5%) and higher concentrations for pickling (up to 18%) although in some countries the minimum strength may be less. Natural vinegars also contain smaller amounts of tartaric acid, citric acid, and other acids. It has been used since ancient times, and is an important element in Western and European, Asian, and other traditional cuisines of the world.