For the persons wishing to know what vinegar has in it

by Suw on January 24, 2004

It appears that five people have located this blog whilst attempting to find out via Google what vinegar is made of.

I doubt very much that you found your answer here when you first visited, but for the record you might like to know that vinegar is mainly acetic acid. It's made, in case you were curious, by fermenting wine or cider or some other fermentable beyond the point where it's actually drinkable, if it ever was. (For some Americans: cider is fermented apples, not plain apple juice.) Balsamic vinegar is made from fermented balsams, small berry-like fruits grown in Greece in between the olive trees.

The best vinegar is Sarson's Malt, made from barley malt. I have a tendency to down it by the teaspoonful for no reason other than that I really like the taste. Oh, and sometimes it cures hiccups.

The best salad dressing is good virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar in 50/50 proportions, shaken vigorously until it forms an emulsion – a recipe that serendipitously reflects the long history of the famous Greek balsam and olive groves.

Update: Wikipedia page on vinegar, for the terminally curious.

A visitor January 24, 2004 at 8:50 pm

Suw, I thought I was the only one with a hankering for Sarson's!

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A visitor January 24, 2004 at 11:38 pm

For those interested not only in the composition of the substance, but also the etymology of the word… apparently vinegar comes from the French vin aigre, meaning sour wine…


Suw January 26, 2004 at 4:44 pm

Ha ha!! Excellent. Thank you for that nugget!

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