Vinegar, you put it on chips, salad and some of you might even put it on strawberries! Now albeit these are not the same kinds, after all you have white vinegar, red vinegar and of course balsamic. Are you aware of fruit vinegars though?
Made from fruit or fruit scraps, common fruit vinegars are apple, blackcurrant and raspberry, although there are lots more. You can trace their history back hundreds of years and across many cultures and countries as a way to flavour sauces, drinks and dishes.
Here at the Scottish Bee Company we are proud of our range of fruit and flavoured vinegars and the way we produce these. Find out why we love them, along with the most commonly asked questions about fruit vinegars in this latest blog. Check out our range by clicking here!
For centuries vinegars and fruit vinegars have been used across the world to flavour food, drinks and as health remedies. They are made up of whichever fruit you choose so the variety is endless.
A fruit vinegar, unlike others, retains some sweetness along with being tart. It will not overpower you with the flavour of the fruit used but there will be subtle hints of it throughout.
It is a unique fermentation process, using two steps.
To make your homemade fruit vinegar you need:
The steps taken to make homemade fruit vinegar are relatively simple..
Here at the Scottish Bee Company, the bees on our beekeepers farm pollinate all of the fruit and flowers that we use in our delicious fruit and flavoured vinegars. A natural process for a great tasting natural product.
People often query whether vinegar can go bad. The answer is no. Vinegar's shelf life is almost indefinite if it is stored properly. Due to it's high acidity, fruit vinegars are self-preserving and do not need to be stored in the refrigerator.
At The Scottish Bee Company, our fruit vinegars have a 9 month expiry date due to food standards. However it's highly likely your bottle will be finished quicker than that!
Looking for more inspiration on how to use fruit vinegars? Check out our older blog with even more ideas here!
For years people have used vinegars as a health tonic, you may have heard claims of these healing properties.
Apple cider vinegar is a great example of this with frequent users saying one to two teaspoons a day helps with weight loss, lowers cholesterol and boosts immunity. Various studies have been carried out into these claims with mixed results.
When it comes to the health benefits of other fruit vinegars, studies are minimal and continue to be done. The best way for you to enjoy fruit vinegar is as part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. As with all foods use it in moderation, a dash is best, then taste as you go.
Check out our great range of fruit and flavoured vinegars and add a flavour explosion to your drink or dish today!