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Vinegar belongs in every household, whether in the kitchen for cooking or as a cleaning agent. The variety of vinegars results from the different starting products. The starting products can be fruits, grapes or spirits, for example. In this article we explain the most important information about vinegar. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary.

We have also compared different products and how you can find the right vinegar for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. In addition, you will find some important information on our site that you should bear in mind when buying vinegar.




The most important facts

  • There is a wide range of vinegars to choose from, depending on your needs. It ranges from fruit vinegar to wine vinegar, herb vinegar to balsamic vinegar.
  • To find a good vinegar essence, you don't need so many different quality criteria. The decisive factor here is primarily the strength of the acid.
  • Before you buy a vinegar, however, you should always make sure that you do not reach for the significantly lower concentrated vinegar.

The Best Vinegar: Our Picks

In this section we have looked at our favourites for you and put them together to help you find your vinegar. There will be a vinegar to suit every taste and need.

Buying and evaluation criteria for vinegar

To help you choose your next pumpkin seed oil, we have summarised the most important criteria. This should make it easier for you to find the pumpkin seed oil that suits you best. The criteria are as follows:

Intended use

Not every vinegar is suitable for every dish. Before you swing the wooden spoon and reach for the vinegar bottle, you should inform yourself well about the flavour-giving ingredients. It is most popular as a dressing, for a tart flavour or other Italian dishes for a fruity or mild taste.

Brand

Of course, as in any other category, there are different brands as far as the eye can see. Since everyone has their favourite brand, the brand name only plays an indirect role in the choice of vinegar. The choice of brand depends very much on personal taste and cooking preferences.

Price

Price certainly plays an important role, if not the most important, when buying a vinegar. As a rule, all vinegars are available both relatively cheaply and relatively expensively. When buying, the following applies: "The better known the brand, the more expensive the price

Price range Available products
Low-priced (under 5€) Easily available in supermarkets
Medium priced (5 - 15€) Special brand
High-priced (from 20€) Famous brand

Guide: Frequently asked questions about vinegar answered in detail

In our current article, we answer the most frequently asked questions about vinegar. It is certainly interesting to know what vinegar is, what it is made of, what types of vinegar there are and how it is made. The question of where vinegar is available is also one of the most frequently asked questions.

What do you need vinegar for?

As we have already mentioned, vinegar is very effective for descaling kettles, coffee machines and washing machines, in addition to cooking as a vinegar essence. The acid contained in vinegar breaks down the limescale in the machines, allowing it to pass into the water. It is particularly effective if you leave the vinegar to soak in hot water for some time. When cleaning windows, a little vinegar essence in the water ensures streak-free cleaning and when used on bathroom tiles, the deposited limescale can also be effectively removed here.

Since vinegar essence is a true cleaning miracle among household remedies, it can be used in many different ways. However, you should never use it on sensitive materials such as marble or aluminium; the acid of the vinegar essence could attack the surfaces within a short time.

What types of vinegar are there?

Vinegar can be used in a variety of ways - for example, in salad dressings. (Image source: RitaE / Pixabay)

Wine vinegar is available as white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar. The better the wine used as the starting product, the higher the quality of the wine vinegar. White wine vinegar is mainly made from strong wine varieties such as Pinot Gris, Riesling or Muscadet. The rather milder white wine vinegar goes well with all salads, fish and poultry. Red wine vinegar is usually a little more tart. It is particularly suitable for refining or marinating game and dark meat or for refining red cabbage. However, it also harmonises very well with leaf salads.

Herb vinegar is particularly aromatic. However, herbs are not the starting product for this type of vinegar. Rather, "normal" vinegars become herb vinegars through the subsequent addition of herbs. You should definitely try the "Herb Vinegar" refined with seven herbs and the spicy-mild "Condimento Balsamico Classico" from Kühne with crisp leaf salads, tomato or cucumber salad.

Balsamic vinegar Acetobalsamico is a particularly aromatic vinegar and probably the best-known vinegar in the world. It is made by gently heating grape must. The must thickened in this way is then fermented with the addition of wine vinegar.

The legally protected "Aceto Balsamico tradizionale" may only be produced in two regions of Italy, namely in the Emilia Romagna region and in the Modena region. The maturing time of the "Aceto Balsamio tradizionale", which traditionally matures in wooden barrels, is at least twelve years. The longer the Aceto Balsamico matures, the more valuable and thicker it becomes.

Of course, this has its price. You can recognise the real "tradizionale" by the fact that it can only be sold in 100 ml bottles. The maturing time is much shorter than for "tradizionale". However, a maturing period of at least 60 days must be observed.

Conclusion

Depending on your needs and preferences, you can find a huge selection of vinegars for every taste on the internet. When choosing your vinegar, it all depends on your preferred area of application and also how much you want to invest. What is certain, however, is that even with the most inexpensive products, you will get an equally reliable result.

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