Mother of Vinegar

vkayJuly 31, 2011

Just found mother of vinegar in my cider vinegar. Any suggestion on how to use this?

Thanks for any advice.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Could you clarify your question please? Using the vinegar or using the mother?

I assume you saw this discussion about this question a bit further down the page? It addresses using the vinegar itself.

As to uses for the mother itself, I'm not aware of any role for it in food preservation. It is normally filtered out of the vinegar prior to use.

However there are several articles about its uses for health benefits. I linked one of them below.


Here is a link that might be useful: What are the health benefits of MOV?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 6:08PM
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Yes, I did see the post for use of the vinegar, but was hoping there was a use for the mother? Perhaps making more vinegar?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 6:14PM
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vkay -
The only use I know is that the mother - the sludge at the bottom of the bottle -can be added to another cider vinegar to enhance that vinegar.

The Bragg Company has an 800 number listed at the end of their site.
Maybe they can help you with your question.


    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 8:10PM
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Get a big jar - I use a "sun tea" jar. Dump the mother in with some red wine. Wait a few weeks. Help yourself to red wine vinegar. Top it off with the tail ends of future bottles of wine.

I pasteurize the vinegar I keep in the kitchen by heating it to 160 degrees F to kill off "mom".

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 10:39PM
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Thanks so much for the info. Do you leave the jar outside in the sun? Sorry for asking a stupid question, but I have never done this before and would like to do it right. BTW I got the mother from a Whitehouse Apple Cider vinegar, does it matter where it comes from?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 1:55PM
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Also forgot to ask, does it matter what type of wine you use? Meaning all red wine is the same or should it be all the same type of red, cabernet sauvignon? Have lots of that, but sometime will drink merlot, pinot noir, etc?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 2:00PM
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No, you want to keep your jar sheltered. I use a sun tea jar just because if the size. The bacteria needs oxygen so the sun tea jar gives the "mother" plenty of surface area. I keep it in the garage because it smells like vinegar. You can use white wine, but that has more naturally occurring and added sulfites which kill the mother and slow the conversion. I just use reds and ros�s because that's what I drink.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 7:31AM
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Thanks so much for the info. Will try this soon.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 6:21PM
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