We take up our whisks and cruets in celebration of Vinegar Day, celebrated annually on November 1. In addition to the standard red and white wine varieties, today’s vinegar selections include Champagne, Asian rice, apple cider, raspberry, and balsamic infused with black cherry, blood orange, fig, espresso and even chocolate.
No longer just for salads, vinegar is used as a flavor enhancer in marinades, sauces, glazes, salsas and dips. Gourmet and specialty shops offer an assortment of flavor-infused vinegar and they often encourage sampling before purchasing. You know you’re an enthusiast when your pantry boasts 17 varieties of vinegar.
Celebrate Vinegar Day by embarking on a tasting excursion. Take home a bottle of apple balsamic to use in that braised fennel recipe or make a fall vinaigrette to toss into the brussel sprouts. Let your culinary imagination run free. Go ahead – pump up the flavor!