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What is vinegar? About the ingredient vinegar. Including 1,417 recipes with vinegar, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. The ethanol may be derived from many different sources including wine, cider, beer or fermented fruit juice, or it may be made synthetically from natural gas and petroleum derivatives.

Commercial vinegar is produced either by fast or slow fermentation processes. Slow methods generally are used with traditional vinegars and fermentation proceeds slowly over the course of weeks or months. The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a nontoxic slime composed of acetic acid bacteria and soluble cellulose, known as the mother of vinegar.

Fast methods add mother of vinegar (i.e. bacterial culture) to the source liquid before adding air using a Venturi pump system or a turbine to promote oxygenation to obtain the fastest fermentation. In fast production processes, vinegar may be produced in a period ranging from 20 hours to three days.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (238g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 42Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.1
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Vinegar is usually found in the condiments section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Vinegar is a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much does vinegar weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 238
1 tbsp 14
1 tsp 5

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British (UK) term: Vinegar
en français:vinaigre
en español:vinagre

Recipes using vinegar

There are 1364 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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