Today is National Deep Fried Clams Day and National Vinegar Day.

Used anywhere from seasoning French fries, cleaning windows or fighting germs vinegar has been around for many, many years.  It can be created from anything with sugar in it as it breaks down, producing alcohol that bacteria attacks turning it into Acetic Acid, also known as vinegar.

There are different kinds of vinegars all created from the breakdown of sugars in different foods.

White vinegar is made from grains.

Malt vinegar is made from sprouted barley.

Rice wine vinegar is made from rice wine.

Balsamic vinegar is made from grape juice boiled down and concentrated.

Vinegar can be used for cooking in so many different ways but one of the simplest is the following recipe my dad made on a regular basis.

  • 1- 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced into rings
  • Water
  • Salt

1. Place cucumber and onion in bowl.  Generously salt and cover with water.  Let soak for 2 hours in the fridge.
2. Drain the water and then recover the vegetables with vinegar.  Let marinate for an hour or more.

These are great as a side salad with most meals.

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