Every where we look, there’s all type of articles detailing the benefits of vinegar. What some of these articles may not say is that while there are dozens of types of vinegar, there are a few that are extremely popular. During this time of holistic lifestyle practices and healing, vinegar has become a jack-of-all-trades. Many households keep white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar on hand and some of us venture even further with others such as red wine vinegar, rice vinegar or one of the many other types of gourmet vinegar.
One could spend a lot of time deciding which vinegar suits their palliate. In the meantime, here are four must-have types of vinegar for every household.
White Vinegar – White Vinegar is the most popular type of vinegar in the American household. It has a multitude of uses, whether it be cleaning the home, pickling (or using it to flavor collard greens) and for the those who can handle the taste, cooking. It’s one of those vital items that every household should keep handy because you never know when you’ll need it, but it usually works in those situations when you do. White vinegar is a definite “yes” on your grocery list.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar is the second-most common and popular vinegar in American households. This type of vinegar might just beat its cousin White Vinegar in popularity due to its health benefits. Apple Cider Vinegar containing “mother” (strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria) is said to kill different types of bacteria, lower blood-sugar levels and act as a dietary aid by producing a feeling of fullness. It is said that Apple Cider Vinegar lowers cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure thereby aiding in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Consult with a physician on how adding a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar can lead to a healthier life.
Balsamic Vinegar (traditional and commercial) – In restaurants and eateries everywhere people are bypassing popular salad dressings and asking for Balsamic Vinegar (I’m not there yet, I love my Ranch). Like a fine wine, the traditional balsamic is aged typically between 6-25 years, in wooden mulberry, chestnut, oak, juniper or cherry casks. Each producer has their own recipe but this aging process gives woodiness to the final product for all of them. Commercial balsamic is the one found in most grocery stores. Unlike traditional balsamic, the commercial one is produced with no rules for the aging process but its taste is still like no other.
Wine Vinegar (red wine vinegar) – This popular flavored vinegar is made from a blend of red or white wines that usually contains raspberry flavoring. The better the wine, the better quality of the vinegar. Like Balsamic, this vinegar is aged in wooden casks resulting in a rich full flavor. Some people prefer this vinegar for salad and it also is a great natural meat tenderizer. When mixed with other herb and spices, wine vinegar makes a great marinade.
There are many types of vinegar and they each have their own special quality, don’t be afraid to adventurous and experiment with more than one.