Ten Fascinating and Shocking Stories from the History of Vinegar

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Uncategorized, Vinegar History0 Comments

Vinegar is like the red-headed (or maybe sour tasting) stepchild compared to wine and beer, its more illustrious cousins. Vinegar, however, has its own interesting history with its share of fascinating anecdotes and stories. While many stories are descriptive touching on the history of science, business, and even alchemy, others are interesting in their own right and reveal some of … Read More

Does vinegar spoil and how?

Reginald SmithHealth & Wellness, Making Vinegar, Recipes & Tips, Uncategorized, White Distilled/Spirit Vinegar2 Comments

  In Google, type in “does vinegar spoil?” and a variety of results pop up. While responses vary in length and detail, the general consensus is “no”. This consensus is generally accurate, with a few caveats, that I will explain below. The source of most information about vinegar’s shelf-life comes from a statement on the website of the national association … Read More

The History of Vinegar: Vinegar making in Orléans, France

Reginald SmithUncategorized, Vinegar History1 Comment

Vinaigrerie (vinegar factory) in 19th century Orléans For those familiar with vinegar making, the oldest standard method of making vinegar is called the Orléans method or “slow process”. This is the romantic vision of vinegar making where wine or cider is poured into wooden barrels, mixed with mother of vinegar, and allowed to “breathe” through a cloth covered hole on … Read More

Making Vinegar at Home: The Essential Guide Part I (The Basics)

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Making Vinegar, Mother of Vinegar1 Comment

So, you like vinegar. Not just the store white distilled brand but many types. Or maybe you just love apple cider vinegar and hate the bland tasting store brand. Home made vinegar is a lot like garden grown vegetables: yours always tastes better. There are many reasons that homemade vinegars can be great but a big one is you don’t … Read More