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History Vinegar History and Uses

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. donna

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    Vinegar has a long history. It actually has been found in Egyptian Urns dating back to about 3000BC. It was used in many cultures through the ages.

    There are many varieties of vinegar. Some of them are apple cider, balsamic. cane, distilled, fruit, malt, and rice. It is usually used in food preparation. Uses include pickling, vinaigrettes, and salad dressings. Many marinades contain vinegar. It is also used in ketchups, mustard and mayonnaise.

    Vinegar usually lasts indefinitely and needs no refrigeration.

    According to legend, 4 thieves in France during the Black Plague robbed victims of the plague. After they were caught the judge asked how they could touch the victims and not get the plague. They said a medicine woman had given them a portion of garlic soaked in red wine vinegar. It was later called Four Thieves Vinegar. It is still used in New Orleans hoodoo practices.
     
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    What a fascinating tale. Garlic does have antibacterial and antiviral properties when eaten raw and vinegar I believe has antiseptic qualities to it, so perhaps the concoction did prevent them from falling ill with the plague.
     
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    goes great on my pork rinds!
     
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    Never tried it on pork rinds but have used it on french fries.will give it a try.
     
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    My dad took me to Montreal when i was young. Steamed fries with salt and vinegar. Heaven!
     
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    Found another use of vinegar. This one is from Depression Era cookbook.

    Vinegar Hair Rinse

    1 teaspoon cider vinegar
    1 quart water

    Mix together. After shampooing, use as a final rinse to make your hair shine.
     
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    Times were tough back then,you did what you had to do to get by.
     
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    I bet this works, but then you smell like a salad all day.

    My mother had scarlet fever as a child and almost died. This was before antibiotics. They bathed her in vinegar to bring her fever down. Ever since, she has loved the smell of vinegar.

    Hmm, how many kinds do you have in your house right now? I have white (for dyeing Easter eggs), apple cider (for polish sausage with apples and onions), red wine (for a Greek salad), malt (for hushpuppies), sherry (for pot roast), balsamic (I use this in everything!), rice (for sushi), and raspberry (splash goes in lemonade.) I think that's it.
     
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    I have white, balsamic and apple cider.

    Allie you have us beat. Great selection.
     
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    I can't begin to guess how many gallons of Distilled, Malt, Balsamic, Cider and Red Wine Vinegar I use in a year!!.......It's funny, because I just bought another gallon on Sunday, and I wondered just how much vinegar I use in a year! :smile:
     
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    We have 4 different balsamic vinegars in our kitchen.one is an aged vinegar from Modena and the other three are flavored.they are Dark Chocolate,Blueberry and Blood Orange.
    Our regular vinegars are white,apple,malt, and rice.
     
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    My main vinegar is apple cider. It's got lots of good uses! A favorite winter drink is honey and vinegar. It's good for sunburn - I rarely get one but my brother goes out for five minutes and comes back a lobster! It's good to rinse with if you think you've gotten in the poison oak, good for mosquito bites - takes the itch out, good for keeping ants at bay, gets rid of aphids on the roses, makes a tick back out of your dog (sometimes), gets mites out of the cat's ears, cleans your coffee pot right nice, cleans windows. Good stuff!
     
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    An old Shaker Vinegar, Spiced Vinegar.

    2 ounces whole pepper, bruised
    1 ounce ginger, bruised
    1 ounce allspice
    1 ounce salt

    Mix all the ingredients together. If a hotter flavor is desired add one half dram cayenne. Add to a 1 quart of vinegar and simmer until flavor is extracted. Pour over pickles.
     
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    It's supposed to keep roaches away.
     
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    Since question on vinegar, thought bump this thread.
     
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    Biggest usage of vinegar for me is for washing clothes (white vinegar). Used for final rinse or another wash through if the clothes were really dirty and stronger washing soaps were used.
    For washing clothes or hair or whatever, vinegar breaks down soap and also leaves the finished item odorless.
     
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    Never eat french fries, tater tots, etc. with ketchup. Always with black pepper and sometimes dipped in vinegar.

    Eastern European folks eat pigs feet jelled rather than stewed. Pepper and white vinegar always used. Personally I find this food wretched. I've seen folks suck it up like ice cream. Yuk!!!
     
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    Your drains are clogged. Put baking soda down the drain pushing it along with a little water. Add vinegar and water and chemical explosions happen and viola - the drain's cleared immediately without waiting and waiting. Ya just hear fizzing. Does not harm pipes.
     
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    Bragg and vinegar; somehow the two just seem right together!
     
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    I don't know why it works but it does, whenever we have fresh cut flowers my wife adds 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar with the vase water before she adds the flowers, the flowers seem to last far longer than if you just stand them in water. She changes the water every three days and adds the same mixture, the flowers seem to last for ages.
     
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