Vinegar Understood

Similar to olive oil, vinegar has been around for thousands of years with stories of Cleopatra using it in the days of the pharaohs. By chemical break down, vinegar is an acidic liquid that is made when carbohydrates and sugars ferment. Ethanol is then oxidized to acetic acid, which becomes the vinegar. This ethanol can be found in many consumer products such as beer, wine and fruit juice.

Because of this process, vinegar is a very natural element that is also useful as a preservative, seasoning or for medicinal purposes. Many cultures made use of its properties and found unique ways to utilize vinegar even in times of war. The Greeks and Babylonians traditionally used vinegar as a preservative as well as a seasoning for food.

The medicinal purposes also played a role due to the acidity properties of vinegar, which must be 6% to be called a vinegar. In fact, it is so low that many viruses and germs are killed by its presence. It can also be used as a home remedy to heal aliments such as jellyfish stings, stomachaches and bug bites.

Vinegar has great properties and many uses, obviously most notably for food production. For great vinegar, olive oil and other preparation tips, visit O&CO.’s recipe page.