Vinegars

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Vinegars
« on: August 04, 2011, 23:12 »
Being very new to the world of making pickles and chutnies, a lot of the recipes detailed will say, for example, 1pt of vinegar. How does one know when to use malt/distilled/ready spiced pickling or distilled spiced pickling vinegar etc?
(that's not even considering the more exotic cider vinegars!!)

Thanks for any advice.

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mumofstig

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Re: Vinegars
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011, 09:34 »
I use ordinary malt vinegar for all the dark pickles, and add spices as required.
The clear vinegar (distilled?) for things that I don't want dark coloured, such as red cabbage.
If you don't want to make your own spice mix up then of course you can use the bottles of spiced pickling vinegar.
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Re: Vinegars
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 19:47 »
Most recipes will state what you have to use.
But the other comment is a good rule of thumb.
Ready spiced vinegar is fine, but it is nice to experiment with your favorite flavours.

Re: Vinegars
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011, 11:20 »
Thanks for the advice, having now made chutnies with runner beans, beetroot and toms, looking forward to sampling!
I can also amend my late wife's recipes where necessary - I was a (fairly) willing helper but a very enthusiastic sampler - should have paid more attention to detail!

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Re: Vinegars
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2011, 21:21 »
Thanks for the advice, having now made chutnies with runner beans, beetroot and toms, looking forward to sampling!
I can also amend my late wife's recipes where necessary - I was a (fairly) willing helper but a very enthusiastic sampler - should have paid more attention to detail!

Nice to see somebody else making chutney with runner beans; I made a batch of runner bean and courgette chutney at the weekend. I used spiced malt vinegar which I bought in a big plastic container (gallon I think) from the local farm shop. Now we wait!  :D

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Re: Vinegars
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2011, 09:31 »
I only use cider vinegar for all my recipes as I find malt to acidic for my stomach



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