I love to try all sorts of vinegar. It has been one of those few must-have condiments on my shelf for the last 12 years, which is about the time I discovered how much it could help aid my digestion after eating, especially all of those meals in which I completely over-did it on the spice level simply because I love the heat of certain types of cuisine. Now I make all sorts of salad dressings with different types of vinegar and make that part of my daily meals.
The one question that people almost always ask me about is whether a particular vinegar is halal or not and whether or not it has alcohol in it. I’ve addressed that issue over on The Vinegar Page I created to help shed some light on the topic. Typically it is always best to ask the manufacturer of the product to get some reassurance as to how it is made and whether or not any alcohol is added to the final product. It’s also always a good idea to speak to a scholar and/or research the topic further if you’re still unsure. IFANCA (the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America has researched and written on the topic extensively, as well and you may have found other halal-certification agencies who have done the same.
That’s what brings me to the object of this post- date vinegar. I have to say that the first time I saw this type of vinegar in stores I didn’t actually think it sounded too appealing. I bought a bottle from a Middle Eastern grocer and it sat on my shelf for a very long time, but I was looking for a reason to try it so when I ran out of other vinegar, I made a salad dressing with it and was stunned at the depth of flavor it had. It was sort of like a balsamic vinegar in darkness but without the mustiness of the grape. In fact, I thought it had a more profound flavor than other vinegar I had tried, and because it cooked just the same way as other vinegar I’ve since experimented with it in other dishes in which balsamic vinegar was suggested.
Some time later I was told about the Supreme Vinegar product and given a sample to try. Since I had already had some experience with other date vinegar products, I was much more inclined to do some comparison tasting this time around and after asking the owner more questions about its production, I was assured that the product was being processed with the intention of gaining halal certification and in the meantime making it to the standards of a halal product (i.e. no alcohol added and following a standard process of making vinegar from the dates). I found the taste to be a cross between apple cider vinegar and a very light balsamic, perhaps a white balsamic. In fact, I have used this particular product in lieu of apple cider vinegar on many occasions now because it seems to have a similar potency of ACV.
Here’s what they have to say briefly about the history of date vinegar: “Date vinegar is a popular condiment in both the Middle East and North Africa, stretching back to the time of the ancient Babylonians. A delicious alternative to other vinegars such as balsamic or apple cider, our natural date vinegar is fermented using only natural date juice with no other vinegars or flavors are added to make it a unique and healthy addition to salads, stews, and other recipes. “
Now I’m hoping you’ll want to try it, too. Supreme Date Vinegar is giving away THREE bottles of their product to THREE random winners. All you have to do is leave a relevant comment below and you will be entered to win. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Each bottle is valued at $6.99 and can be ordered online at www.datevinegar.com.
Please read the MHK Official Giveaway Guidelines before entering, as entering indicates you have read and agree. Your relevant comment is a form of entry.
This product will ship directly to the winner from sponsoring vendor. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be asked for shipping information, which will be shared with sponsoring company. No P.O. boxes accepted.
UPDATE: Our THREE winners have been randomly selected. Please email me as soon as possible with your full name, mailing address and phone number: 1. Jessica (tigergumby), 2. Kobi H.; and 3. Cecilia R.
Disclaimer: My Halal Kitchen was not paid to review this product, however, we did receive complimentary bottle in order to review it adequately. The opinions expressed here are those of My Halal Kitchen and its writers.
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