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Making Vinegar… Our Process

We can’t find anyone else crafting fermented vinegar from raw fruit that they’ve grown themselves. Can’t blame them — it’s a lotta effort, but we feel it’s worth it.

Before we get into what we do, we’ll tell you what we don’t do. We don’t “flavor” vinegar with syrups added to white distilled or basic balsamic.

No, instead, we ferment our fruit into wine. Next, a secondary fermentation is done using aceobacteria. That’s Mother: a form of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that you’ve might have heard about for its healthful properties. It’s made up of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that develop from fermenting alcoholic liquids.

Mother’s big trick is that it turns alcohol into acetic acid to create vinegar. While it can give a bottle of vinegar a bit of a murky look, it’s excellent stuff. Many feel strands of Mother in vinegar are responsible for a myriad of health benefits. While we can’t say for sure, we know it tastes great — and surely, that’s gotta be good for you, right?

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Here are the recipes for Hummus and Cucumber Dill Sauce…

Hummus
15 oz. cooked garbanzo beans
2 Tbsp. roasted Tahini (sesame butter)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2-3 Tbsp. Juneberry Currant-Garlic Infused Vinegar
¼ tsp. salt (optional)

Puree together and adjust vinegar to taste!

Cucumber Dill Sauce
1 quart Plain, Whole Milk, Yogurt
1 medium Cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
Rhubarb-Dill Infused Vinegar

Mix and serve with fresh veggies chips or on Gyros!

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Making Ricotta cheese with our garlic vinegar

A customer passed this along…I just tried something with your garlic vinegar and thought I’d share: I used the garlic vinegar in equal portions with cider or white vinegar and used the combination as the acid to make ricotta cheese.

It gives the ricotta a wonderful mild garlic flavor – perfect for topping bruschetta!

Buy Garlic Vinegar from Clover Valley Farms