You might be surprised to know that there are many types of vinegar. The most common vinegars are white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar adds a tart flavor to your cooking. It is best for salads, dressings and marinades.
What is vinegar?
Vinegar is made from any food that contains natural sugars. Yeast ferments these sugars into alcohol and certain types of bacteria convert that alcohol into acetic acid. Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its distinct tart taste.
It should be noticed that the commercial vinegars lack the subtle flavors found in true vinegars. Always choose natural vinegar as it doesn’t contain any additives or industrial colorants.
Types of Vinegar:
White vinegar is made either from grain-based ethanol or laboratory-produced acetic acid and then diluted with water. Its flavor is too harsh.
Balsamic vinegar, produced in Italy, is one of the most popular vinegar types. The acidulous white and sugary grapes form the only true balsamic vinegars. Traditional balsamic vinegar is aged for a number of years -typically 6 and as many as 12. It is quite expensive, and it should be used in moderation.
White rice vinegar is made from the sugars found in rice. Its flavor is a combination of sweet and tart. Rice vinegar is most popular in the cuisines of Japan and China. It is good for the preparation of sushi, noodle dishes and salad dressing.
Wine vinegar is made from red or white wine, and is the most commonly used vinegar in France and Germany as a dress for salad.
White Grape Vinegar:
This vinegar, made from white grape juice, is white or light-golden in color. It is good for salads, meat dressings and desserts.
Red Grape Vinegar:
Red grape vinegar is the most commonly used vinegar in China. It is often flavored with natural berry flavoring. It is best for salads and meat dressings.
Malt vinegar is dark-brown in color. It is used as the basic type of cooking vinegar in the United Kingdom. It is good for pickling and as a seasoning to fish.
Raisin vinegar is traditionally produced in Turkey.
Coconut Vinegar is made from the sap of the coconut palm and is especially important to Thai and Indian dishes.
This vinegar made from dates is a traditional product of the Middle East, in Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait. It is good for pickling, salads and marinades.
Date Molasses Vinegar
This vinegar, common in Iraq, is a type of date vinegar. Its flavor is a combination of sweet and tart. It is added to vegetable pickles.
Vinegar flavored with spices, herbs and fruits:
Flavored vinegars are made from ginger, basil, cilantro, dill, rosemary, sage, thyme, and some kinds of fruits, garlic and edible flowers. These flavored vinegars add a tart flavor to our cooking, especially salad and meat.
Vinegar has been used for various purposes. It is an ancient remedy, claimed to help with all kinds of health problems. Here are some health benefits of vinegar:
Good for headaches.
Can kill off gut bacteria.
Helps stop diarrhea and vomiting.
Rich in many essential minerals.
Treats infections, especially urinary infections.
Reduces dental pain.
Helps fight fungus, grains and pimples.
Fights excessive obesity.
Note: Do not drink vinegar on an empty stomach. Acetic acid may negatively affect your stomach and cause some sores on the long term.