[Sca-cooks] Making vinegar?
talana1 at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 13 13:22:58 PST 2009
I have a bottle of homemade vinegar, cultured off a wine pressing that went wrong. Diarmaid and I used most of it educating fighters and Boy Scouts about the joys of oxymel, and kept back about a liter for cooking and medicinal purposes. We put it in a bottle, fed it the remains of any bottle of wine we didn't finish, and eventually it developed a "mother", and has been happily working every since - about 6-7 years now. As we use the vinegar, we refill the bottle with wine and let the "mother" it do its thing.
The "mother" is kind of hard to describe - It's a living organism. I think its a particular kind of fungus.
There are places online where you can buy vinegar-making kits. There's a good article on homemade vinegar at: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/the-virtue-of-homemade-vinegar
It's absurdly simple to make and keep up, and better that the stuff in the stores.
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