A History of Balsamic Vinegar

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Vinegar History5 Comments

Read the full book on the history of vinegar, Vinegar, The Eternal Condiment available on Amazon! Balsamic vinegar’s origins are obscure. Some assert they go back to the Roman Empire with fermentation of the grape must sapa. Others believe that, like butter, it may have existed but its true development came during the Middle Ages. The term ‘balsamic’ itself comes … Read More

Malt Vinegar vs. Beer Vinegar: Understanding and Making Both

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Beer Vinegar, Making Vinegar, Malt Vinegar16 Comments

See more information on making malt vinegar here Also here are some detailed recipes for homemade malt vinegar Malt vinegar, condiment of the gods–at least with fish and chips. This revered condiment is enjoyed worldwide but primarily in the English speaking world: the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, etc.. Its dark color and characteristic aroma and taste make it … Read More

Ten Fascinating and Shocking Stories from the History of Vinegar

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Uncategorized, Vinegar HistoryLeave a Comment

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

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

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Making Vinegar, Mother of Vinegar26 Comments

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

History of Vinegar: Date Vinegar: The oldest recorded vinegar

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Regional Vinegars, Vinegar History, Vinegars4 Comments

  Read the full book on the history of vinegar, Vinegar, The Eternal Condiment available on Amazon! When we think of vinegar in the US, we typically think primarily of white, wine, or apple cider vinegar. However, in historical context, only wine vinegar has a known history of thousands of years. While cider is probably old too, primarily in Celtic … Read More

White distilled vinegar – ingredients explained

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Vinegar History, Vinegars, White Distilled/Spirit Vinegar30 Comments

                    Note: see our new post on making white distilled vinegar here What is white distilled vinegar?? There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what white distilled vinegar is, what it means to have “organic” white distilled vinegar, etc. Here I will try to explain in detail and clear … Read More