Making Red Wine Vinegar at Home – Why You Should Add It To Your Diet

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When you make red wine vinegar at home, you might be surprised to discover that it tastes superior to store bought vinegars. The red wine you choose will directly affect the flavor of the finished product, so be sure to choose a red wine that you enjoy drinking.

You will need: Red Wine, Cheesecloth, a one to two gallon container and mother. Mother is the good bacteria needed to start the fermenting process. It can be purchased at beer and wine making stores, or you can purchase it online relatively cheap. The container you choose should be glass or ceramic and dark colored. Clear glass with brown paper over the outside will also work. The main idea is to prevent light from getting in.

The Recipe

2 Cups of red wine plus 7 ½ Cups to be added later
1 Cup of filtered water

Combine the 2 cups of red wine, water and mother in a one or two gallon container. Cover with two layers of cheesecloth, and secure it to the top with a rubber band. Store container in a dark, warm place. The ideal temperature is 70 to 80 degrees. Let sit for one week. During the second week, begin adding 2 ½ cups of red wine to the mixture daily until you have added a total of 7 ½ cups. You will notice a stringy substance on the surface of the fermenting mixture. This is the good bacteria, and you should try not to disturb it too much. Add the wine slowly and carefully.

Let the fermenting mixture sit for approximately two months. You can sample the mixture throughout the fermenting process, but take care when doing so. It’s commonly said that the vinegar is done when it tastes good to you.

Once done, strain the liquid through a coffee filter to remove sediment and store in a sterile, glass bottle.

If you notice during the fermenting process that the mixture has begun to smell almost like nail polish, throw it away and begin again. This means something has gone wrong, and the fermenting mixture has gone bad.

Benefits of Red Wine Vinegar

There are many reasons to add red wine vinegar to your meals. Not only is it low in calories, but it actually helps to reduce body fat. The acetic acid activates the gene responsible for oxidizing fatty acids in the body, which leads to weight loss.

It has also been shown that consuming red wine vinegar can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Consuming this vinegar on a regular basis not only lowers, but helps maintain these levels. As a rich source of potassium, it also helps lower and maintain blood pressure.

A scientist in Japan has proven that red wine vinegar aids in calcium absorption. This is beneficial for healthy bones and teeth and is directly linked to acetic acid.

Studies indicate that type two diabetics who consume red wine vinegar benefit by lower glycemic levels. It has the ability to help lower and maintain these levels when consumed regularly.

Adding red wine vinegar to food helps prevent the growth of bacteria such as Salmonella. This is another benefit of the acetic acid found in the vinegar.

Red wine vinegar is a great way to flavor your favorite dishes. It can be used to season vegetables, and meats and fish can be marinated in it to bring out more of their natural flavors. Unlike other marinades, it won’t add a single calorie to the meal. This fermented red wine is good for you, and making it at home is an easy process.

Adding red wine vinegar to your foods is easy. By mixing red wine vinegar with olive oil, you can create a tasty salad dressing. You can use a little on your vegetables, whether steamed or fresh, to enhance flavor. Use it to season soups and sauces. Marinate meat in red wine vinegar or sprinkle some on cooked fish. The combinations for red wine vinegar and foods is only limited by your imagination.

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