Frequently Asked Questions
Acetic acid is developed from aerobic fermentation, in the making of vinegar. An open-vessel system is important for this process, quite the opposite of what is needed for anaerobic lacto-fermentation required by sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir.
It should be mentioned that not all vinegars are created equal, with many of them heat-treated or pasteurized, resulting in a “dead” substance. Also, not all acetic acid is vinegar.
The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes that diluted acetic acid is not vinegar, indicating that it is:
“misleading if the labeling of a food in which acetic acid is used implies or suggests that the food contains or was not prepared with vinegar. Acetic acid should not be substituted for vinegar in pickled foods, which consumers customarily expect to be prepared with vinegar.”
Select only “raw”, unfiltered, untreated, non-pasteurized vinegar, like Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
Detox and Cleanse with RAW Apple Cider Vinegar – But make sure your apple cider vinegar is truly “raw”; this article discusses how some inexpensive apple cider vinegar knock-offs are just distilled vinegar with coloring added!
Did you know...
The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.
—The term pickle
Don’t give up on getting children to eat more lacto-fermented veggies than pickled cucumbers! Out of the mouth of my 4 1/2-year-old, Daniel, my most avid fermented food avoider, as he was eating his lunch earlier today, “Oh, bother! I forgot to have a bite of kraut!”
… and yes, I gave him some kraut as I tried to very subtly pick my jaw up off the floor …