In search of vinegar "mother"
I just got a vinegar jar and can't wait to start making the stuff. I know it's possible to use unfiltered vinegar as a starter (many have recommended Bragg's apple cider vinegar available at health food stores) or order the "mother" from sources online. But I would love to find a local, down-home source.
In other words, does anybody out there (Brooklyn-based, but all boroughs considered) have some "mother" to spare? Or ideas for local sources?
I was looking into this a few months back but something deterred me. ... Don't remember what it was, actually...
What is a vinegar jar and where did you buy it? I thought you just needed a large glass jar with cheesecloth in a dark corner somewhere...
If you find a local source for a mother, could you please give me a poke? I would really appreciate it. :)
The vinegar jar I have is ceramic and has a spigot at the bottom. It's from Clay Coyote--apparently Paula Wolfert approached them about designing a crock for vinegar and this is the result (Clay Coyote also designed a cassoulet dish for her--we have that, too, and it's gorgeous).
People seem to prefer ceramic to glass--perhaps because this ensures no exposure to light--but I see no reason while glass in a dark corner wouldn't work.
I'll holler if I have any luck with a local source for mother. In the meantime, here's a link to the Clay Coyote vinegar crock:
I don't have an answer to your question but am really intrigued by this whole idea...have a friend who makes his own red wine vinegar and it's eons more subtle and flavorful than store-bought (he's in CA otherwise I'd bug him for a share of his "mother" for you!)
Good luck and let us know how it turns out!!