Like most products, the discovery of vinegar was purely by accident. Today there are so many uses and varieties, not only for kitchen recipes, but also cleaning, pest control, medicinal use and pet care.
HistoryThe earliest record of vinegar use dates back almost 7,000 years ago to ancient Babylonia when dates were made into wine and vinegar. It was used as a medicinal as well as a flavoring for a number of dishes. Other fruites became popular around the same period and these included grapes and figs. Laborers in ancient times were given small amounts of wine vinegar and water with a dash of salt to pep them up and work more hours. The Roman army was given vinegar rations to give them more stamina. In World War I vinegar was used to treat wounds. Vinegar does have certain antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
The Difference in Vinegars Vinegar is commonly produced from ethyl alcohol utilizing the bacteria, acetobacter, which feed on the alcohol, converting it into acetic acid (vinegar). Vinegar, however, can be made from a number of other foods, which is the preferred variety to use such as, apples or grains. The distilled vinegars are best used for cleaning purposes and not as a food additive. Vinegar tends to stimulate the taste buds and make them more receptive to other flavors.
The varieties of vinegar are endless, depending on the food that is used to produce it. It is a mild acid called "acedtic acid."
Common Types of Vinegar
Vinegar will have a shelf life and retain its effectiveness for about 18 month. Substitute Apple Cider Vinegar in recipes when possible since it is healthier. Apple Cider Vinegar contains malic acid, which is actually friendly to human digestive process.
Going Green with Vinegar
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