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January 2013

Mary's Modern Homemaking

All About Vinegar
By Mary Frances

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Vinegar comes in many varieties, such as apple cider, rice, white, and even organic.


Vinegar is a good example of a confusing label. It can be distributed by many companies. And it can be made in many countries. Confused? Me, too. Those darn ole pesky labels can leave folks scratching their heads and going "What?!"

"Distributed by" is simply the name of the company that sells the product, such as Fred Meyer, Kroger, or Wal-Mart. The product can be made anywhere in the world, and the company itself may not even know where its product is made. Companies simply buy in bulk and slap their own label on the package.

"Product of" will let the consumer know in which country it is made; for example, the USA, Chile, or the Philippines. Our government is strongly encouraging the use of these labels, especially on fresh fruits and vegetables, since so many consumers now want to know how and where their foods are grown. To me this idea is a great one, and I sincerely hope more farmers get on the bandwagon here.

In my quest to find vinegar made locally, I stumbled on Fleischmann's. Everyone knows they make yeast, but did you know they have a wonderful selection of vinegars? My search for a local source of vinegar led me to the small town of Sumner, Washington. Having found a contact number, I gave them a call expecting this to be an outlet store where consumers can purchase their product. The very nice man who answered helped me to understand that this is a manufacturing plant: they make vinegars and yeast to resell to businesses. If I wished to buy in bulk, such as a tanker truckload, he would certainly take my order, otherwise I was out of luck.

So if I were the Kroger company, I could place an order for tons of vinegar, have it shipped, pour it into my own bottles, and add my own label to it. Or I could use it in my own products such as salad dressings.

For more information about the Fleischmann's brand, go to fleischmannsvinegar.com. Check with your favorite store to see if they carry it.

Vinegar is a wonderful product that is not only edible but because of its high acidic contact is better and safer than bleach. Although the scientific evidence is still unclear, vinegar does destroy a certain amount of germs yet has no toxic fumes like bleach does.

While I respect doctors and the medical field, I never rule out some of the old-fashioned remedies either. I believe combining the two methods makes for better health. I sometimes suffer from a mild case of indigestion, sometimes referred to as "acid reflux." From some of the studies I have read, I understand the verdict is still out on just what causes it: some believe too much acid, while others believe not enough.

In Apple Cider Vinegar, a book put out by the Bragg company, I found a recipe for an Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail using apple cider vinegar, pure honey, and eight ounces of water. My experience has been that when this is taken daily, my tummy troubles go away. At any rate, what harm can it do? After all, a body needs lots of water, honey is good for you, and if the vinegar helps me, how can it be harmful?


Apple Cider Vinegar, by Paul Bragg and Patricia Bragg


Bragg vinegar is 100 percent natural. By natural they mean nonpasteurized. Included in Apple Cider Vinegar are lots of tips for staying healthy: from drinking lots of water, to eating natural foods and, most important, eating from the four food groups.

Whether you use vinegar for eating, drinking, cooking, or cleaning, it is good to have around.


Mary Frances lives in Ravensdale, Washington, and loves finding healthy ways to keep her castle clean. She believes that what we clean with can be just as important to our health as what we eat. When she's not cleaning, Mary Frances battles the blackberry vines in her yard. Also enjoy Mary Frances's blog, All American Gal.


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