Yes, vinegar requires kosher certification. In the KosherEye kitchen we primarily use six types of vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar- This is the sweetest in our vinegar collection. We find it the best addition to our slaws – broccoli, cabbage and vegetable slaw.
We recommend Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Wine Vinegar – Both White and Red
We use wine vinegar in our salads - especially when we make Italian vinaigrette. Organic DeLaRosa (OU) is our favorite. It is even kosher for Passover. For convenience however, if you can’t find this brand, Heinz wine vinegar is also certified OU kosher.
Rice Vinegar – We use this in Asian salads, sushi and cooked rice. We consider it neutral vinegar – very much like neutral oil. and cannot really taste a difference in brands. Most supermarkets offer several kosher brands - and we purchase organic varieties when possible.
Malt Vinegar – We have had the same bottle of Heinz Malt vinegar for 3 years (hope it’s still good). We use it solely for fried fish- especially when we make fish and chips.
Distilled White Vinegar – We occasionally use this vinegar in Cole slaw, but most often for house cleaning chores. It works well on glass, wood floors and even cleaning produce. There are many kosher brands.We have included a recipe for using distilled vinegar as an ingredient in homemade vegetable wash.
Balsamic Vinegar is our newest vinegar passion…it is fun to use and adds a taste of both tartness and sweetness to foods. Through the recommendation of a friend and reader, we recently discovered Bakto Visionary vinegars. What a great find. We have been “playing” with Visionary Vinegar’s classic, strawberry and vanilla flavor. So what do we do with them? Everything and anything. Balsamic is a mild, slightly sweet vinegar. The classic balsamic flavor is a basic addition to dressings, sauces and salads. We particularly enjoyed adding it to our caramelized onion marmalade, (aka vegetarian schmaltz) roasted vegetables, and glazed salmon. As summer approaches, we will use balsamic over our Caprese salad (mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil). The flavored vinegars are delicious as a drizzle over fruit and ice cream, or in green salads especially in fruity salads, such as those containing mangos, dried berries, raisins or mandarins. Bakto is available in several flavors including Blood Orange, Chocolate, Classic, Passion fruit, Peach, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Vanilla. For more information, or to order Bakto online, Click HERE!
De La Rosa vinegars can also be ordered online – visit De La Rosa Vinegars to view their wide range of products including organic Italian and aged vinegars. And finally, We are still searching for a good kosher option for champagne vinegar. Anyone have suggestions?
Daphne Oz’ Recipe for Homemade Vinegar Vegetable Wash
To help remove pesticides.
1 cup white vinegar
2 Tablespoon baking soda
Juice of ½ lemon
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake, and use on fruits and vegetables. Soak produce or spray and rub
Recipe: Kosher, Vinegar, vegetable wash