They say you catch more flies with honey than vinegar and that’s fine and all (no shade to honey), but we wanted to take a vinegar moment.
Vinegars appear in many cuisines across both time and place (The first documented vinegar was made in 3000 B.C.. by the Babylonians. Wow.) and are a very versatile pantry item to keep stocked (think dressings, marinades, and dips).
And what exactly is vinegar?
Vinegar is made through a process of fermentation made up of water and acetic acid. The word vinegar comes from the Middle English and old French for sour wine.
The experts say that vinegars are a good source of antioxidants and are also a rich source of minerals and vitamins (within moderation of course!). In addition to this great news, early studies suggest that consuming a small amount of vinegar with your regular meals can significantly decrease what we call “bad cholesterol.”
Folk medicine has similarly hailed vinegar, however, no clinical results have backed up the claims just yet (you’ll have to go with your gut on this one).
Parasol is a raw champagne vinegar from Brightland. We love it because it's double fermented with California chardonnay grapes and juicy Navel and Valencia oranges. It has bright citrusy notes and a zippy bite.
Parasol Champagne Vinegar can be added to dressings, splashed over salads, a marinade for grilled products, and a dash added to cocktails for a little bit of a champagne vinegar glow.
Rapture from Brightland is a raw balsamic vinegar. We love it because it's double fermented with California Zinfandel grapes and ripe Triple Crown blackberries. Its flavor is bold and decadent. Brightland is a family-run farm on California's Central Coast where all their products are made with love.
We love this Balsamic drizzled over fresh fruits, cheeses, greens, and desserts.
Why We Have a Crush on Brightland
Because they make products that are grounded and good for us. Founded by Aishwarya Iyer, Brightland's Olive Oils are sourced from a family-run California farm, and then crafted into custom-blended oils. Their sole ingredients come from trees that live on for thousands of years. Can you say, yum?
Meet the Apple Cider Vinegar
Crafted in collaboration with farmer and producer Joanne Krueger, using organic Gravenstein, Red Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, and Pink Pearl apples hand-harvested from her orchard, Little Apple Treats.
We love Apple Cider Vinegar for everyday use.
Enjoy in marinades, dressings, soups, daily fire cider shots, and, yes, even baked goods!
Click here for a little cocktail recipe.
Why We Have a Crush on Pineapple Collaborative
Pineapple Collaborative is on a mission to connect and celebrate people who love food. They believe in sharing knowledge, supporting each other, and coming together for a meal is the best way to create community. Beyond that, PC believes food is more than just what’s on our plates—they think what we cook and eat reflects our unique styles, identities, and values. So really, what’s not to love?
Shop our vinegars and the rest of Boketto’s pantry here.