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Fennel and Estragon Vinegar
The big brands and main stream food products throughout north America
are usually optimized towards profit, production cost and shelf life rather than
quality and richness. The most notable example of this is the addition
of potassium sorbate to pickles. It's illegal in Europe and
it is common practice throughout the Americas. It's interesting to see that
the average consumer is neither aware of this trend nor does he or she care.
There is however a small but growing number of people who do care and
we find more products every day.
Once in a while I am surprised in a very positive way. There is e.g
an apple cider vinegar called Ancestral (made by Nutram, http://www.nutram.ca/eng/ancestral.htm)
Ancestral apple cider vinegar
I have been blown away by the taste and richness of this vinegar when I tried
it the first time.
It's unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It is a cloudy light
brown liquid with some deposits at the bottom of the bottle. It looks
like nothing special but you taste it once and you will never try any other vinegar.
This vinegar is a delight on its own and it made me think more about
vinegar and the use of vinegar in the kitchen and throughout the house.
Yes, vinegar is not only good for salads. You can use vinegar, any vinegar, even cheap white vinegar, as a cleaning agent or you can rinse your hair with
it. Vinegar makes long hair easy to comb and very shiny.
This is when I started to experiment with adding spices and
other flavors to this vinegar. There are two that I like to use
with fresh salads of all kinds:
It's difficult to describe taste. The estragon vinegar has a very strong
taste that goes well with cucumbers and tomato salads. The fennel vinegar is
very nice with lettuce salads.
- Estragon vinegar
- Fennel vinegar
To make these vinegars is very easy.
Estragon in apple cider vinegar
For the estragon in apple cider vinegar I just use a few branches of fresh
estragon and leave it in the bottle with the Ancestral apple cider vinegar.
Fennel in apple cider vinegar
For the fennel vinegar I buy dried fennel seeds, put a spoon full
into a bottle and fill it with apple cider vinegar.
You should store the vinegar inside a closed kitchen cabinet away
from light. Especially direct sun light causes the vinegar to oxidize
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