Vinagre de Jerez

Sherry vinegar just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?

I despair of all these recipes that endlessly insist in dribbling drizzling drops of balsamic vinegar all over everything. This trend must have started years ago, I would have thought it should be well past its sell-by date.

Vinagre de Jerez is a vastly superior vinegar. Apart from the fact that it makes sense to buy a locally-produced vinegar (ie in Jerez in Andalucía) I prefer the flavour because it isn’t as sweet as balsamic.

On my father’s side, the family adored vinegar, and I inherited the trait. Although not to the extent my partner does, as he slops some on every single meal. I suspect this was a childhood habit to counteract the excessive salt thrown into everything by his mother. [Ouch!] Still, he does tell me my food tastes wonderful, so who am I to worry if it’s really vinagre de Jerez that tastes wonderful.

Sherry vinegar at Morrisons costs around £1.99 for 250ml. I think this was slightly cheaper and is 375ml, from Coviran (at New Harbours), but it is a far superior ‘sherry vinegar’. I tend to be a label woman – if it’s a decent label, I’ll buy it.

Vinagre de Jerez, Romate

This one is made by the Sanchez Romate brothers and the firm dates back to 1781. The vinegar is produced in casks of American oak and the acidity level is 7%. The bottle has an official ‘denomination of origin’ stamp on it, pretty much like wine bottles have.

There is only one sherry vinegar at Morrisons – there are six, yes SIX! balsamic vinegars there, and a balsamic glaze, which naturally is for dribbling, drizzling, according to the label. The world is full of sheep. So if you are one, follow me instead and put down that bottle of balsamic stuff and buy vinagre de Jerez. Apart from anything else, technically it is nearer to both the UK and North America than Italy. Possible even to Australia as although further west than Modena, it is further south. OK, I digress.

Next, red wine vinegar. What a silly label on this bottle with those mixed lower case fonts. It looks like one of those ghastly WP cloud category things. (But it was cheaper than Aspall’s).

Red wine vinegar

Occasionally used by me in cooking, or as a change to Jerez, but its main use at the moment is to marinate our onions. I said before that we always have a bowl of onions soaking in the fridge, to use with sandwiches, or sometimes with Thai or Indonesian meals, when I add cucumber and chillies too.

In this one, I’ve stuck a couple of leaves of mint in for a change.

Onions and mint in red wine vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is the least used one in our repertoire. It goes in Chinese meals sometimes for that slight apple flavour to contribute the ‘sweet’ aspect of sweet and sour. It’s the nearest we get to sweet. Sour and hot is our preference.

ACV also occasionally goes in the dog water dish as prevention against fleas and ticks. Might think about adding it to his food rather than water, and also spraying him with it in tick/flea season.

Vinagre de manzana

Finally, ordinary wine vinegar. We always tend to have this in as a basic vinegar – it can be used like any of the others above. I tend to forget you can use it as an all-purpose cleaner, its main use at the moment is as a conditioner for my hair.

I was reminded about this on another blog site and, when I ran out of conditioner one day, decided to give it a go. If you look at my profile pic, it’s obvious I’ve got long hair that isn’t straight, and can literally be a pain to brush. Vinegar rinse? Brilliant. Leaves it tangle free, shiny, and not surprisingly, my hair just doesn’t get greasy.

Compare the ingredients in a bottle of vinegar with the junk in some gloopy conditioner container. Much simpler and more natural.

Compare the price. At Coviran, the 2 litre bottle was 80 pence, the smaller one is 45 pence, but probably equally as cost effective as it has a tiny trickle spray thing. And not as big to take in the shower. Morrison’s vinegar runs out dearer at 55 pence for 500 mill. Hence buying the Coviran vinegar.

Vinagre de vino - my hair conditioner/rinse of choice

Cheap, effective, and pretty natural. My top tip for the day.

And no, I don’t smell like a fish and chip shop.

Pronunciation note: If there is anyone who doesn’t know, thought I would point out that Jerez is pronounced Herrrrrr-reth. Sorry about all the rrs – the only way I could think of to try and indicate that it is a short ‘e’ and the first syllable is not pronounced Her, as in the English word ‘her’. The accent is on the last syllable.

And I should have said that this fitted neatly into the WordPress ‘indulge’ photo challenge word of the week. I don’t think I need to spell it out, you can all work it out for yourselves.

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14 comments on “Vinagre de Jerez

  1. Thanks for the wonderful piece on the vinegars available ere. I try to stay away from butter on my potatoes and use balsamic vinegar instead. I like sweet things. The Vinagre de Jerez sounds very interesting. ACV in a glass of water each morning is touted to do wonders for you. My wife LOVES vinegar. She enjoyed your article, too. And thank you very much for the information on ACV and pests. We use a natural spray (Liquid Net) on Suzy for that purpose. Will try the vinegar and see how Suzy tolerates it. Thanks again.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Iquitoz. We use a lot of olive oil instead of butter. Vinagre de Jerez is very good, it has a lovely flavour. You may want to try it for a change. I used to have hot water and lemon in the morning, maybe a similar effect to ACV in water. I should probably start again, been tea-ish at the moment. Pleased you both enjoyed the read. Vinegar is versatile, and under-used, I think.

      We are limited to what we can get for ‘nasty’ controls for dogs, and don’t want Pippa to be permanently dosed up with the Big Pharma, so look for alternatives where we can. But given the scare last year, sometimes we resort to The Drops. I did read a couple of good sites about dogs and ACV so must remember to link on Pippa’s next time I post.

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      • As you say, vinegar is under-used in health and around the home. We use “Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered ACV” with the “Mother” for our health and plain ACV for cleaning, etc.

        We never noticed any outward problems with Freda when we applied “the drops” on her but Suzy cowered before I would apply the poison and was a bit lethargic after application. So we are all natural now with a tick check thrice a day. She certainly enjoys the attention.

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        • I must try the ACV for cleaning. Thanks for sharing what you use.

          We always check Pippa after every walk in tick season, usual places, paws, ears, face, tail, but still, I am freaked after our erlichiosis episode.

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  2. I have been absent for too long, and you have been most prolific in your posts (think I spelled prolific incorrectly and am now wondering why I used such a word….) I digress. So it will take me a while to catch up. Just wanted to say though, when I was a child, I adored vinegar. So much so, I used to dilute it with water and sip it……

    I now rather like wine, so perhaps the vinegar dilution led to better, much better I hope, things.

    I will try to catch up soonest!

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  3. That’s an interesting read, I’ve not heard of sherry vinegar. Many years ago I tried vinegar on my hair, but I must have done something wrong as I didn’t smell too good :-( It was around the time I tried raw egg on my hair (the reason why escapes me), and washed it out with hot water :-o

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    • I remember the raw egg thing :D but I never tried it. I did however buy a rather expensive egg-based shampoo that was very good. Can’t remember what brand, something exclusive and expensive. When I had got paid on a Saturday I would take myself off to this delicious cosmetics/perfume shop in The Arcade, all glass doors and wood and stuff, and spend half my money on Luxuries. It went after a while, probably a poundsaver/stretcher now :(

      Don’t know how vinegar works on coloured hair, there may be a difference due to the alkali/acid combination. Chemistry lesson for the day :D

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      • Ah, the vinegar thing was years before I hit the colour bottle.
        The egg based shampoo you tried sounded a better option, the hot water I used to remove the egg scrambled it on my hair which took me hours to remove. LOL

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