Gourmet Fruit Vinegar’s Health Benefits

Gourmet fruit vinegar can enhance your health and your meals. Here's how to make your own.

By Janis Graham from Reader's Digest | October 2008

When grapes become red wine vinegar, you get more than a salad dressing staple: The disease-fighting phytochemicals in the fruit may become even more potent during the fermenting process, according to a study from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Other fruits are finding their way into vinegar too; apricot, black currant, and cherry are among the newest varieties.

Gourmet Fruit Vinegars Fruit vinegars shine on salads, nuts, or blue cheese, and you can use them instead of wine to deglaze a pan.

How to cook with them. Top chefs use fruit vinegars as flavor boosters for anything that needs a sharp, clean lift, from a splash of balsamic on roasted butternut squash to a raspberry vinegar glaze over poached pears with vanilla ice cream. They shine on salads with fruits, nuts, or blue cheese, and you can use them instead of wine to deglaze a pan.

How to make your own. You could pay $10 to $55 a bottle for gourmet fruit vinegar in a store, or try this: Just heat store-bought white vinegar to below boiling, toss in a handful of berries, refrigerate, wait a few weeks, then strain.

Learn how to prepare your own fruit vinegars and see serving suggestions. .