Where Does Your Vinegar Come From? (Heinz Review)

By Shannon Gosney
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
May 21, 2009

Most of us have vinegar as a staple in our kitchen cupboards. But do you know where your Vinegar comes from? No, I’m not talking about what grocery store, I’m talking about where it comes from. Don’t feel bad if you don’t, because according to a recent Heinz survey, 89% of vinegar users didn’t know that their vinegar might be produced from petroleum and 79% indicated they would switch brands if they knew it was!
Vinegar can come from one of two places. It can come from natural sources such as apples or corn or it can come from cheaper resources such as Petroleum – yikes! You wouldn’t know that your vinegar comes from petroleum because there is no requirement stating that vinegars need to disclose their source on their packaging. That is really scary if you ask me!!!
You can rest assured knowing that Heinz Vinegars (Distilled White and Apple Cider) come from corn or apples and crystal clear water. You get the best when you buy with Heinz – naturally good since 1869! Plus you can get money saving coupons when you visit them online.

According to a recent survey, here are some interesting facts:

– 60% of survey respondents use vinegar in meals, snacks and side dishes
– 82% use vinegar when preparing salads and salad dressings at home
– 89% of vinegar users were unaware that vinegar might be made from anything other than natural sources, and more specifically, might be petroleum-based
– 79% indicated that they would switch the brand of vinegar they currently buy if they found out it was made from petroleum
– 50% of those surveyed felt that using all-natural products in food preparation was important

In celebration of National Vinegar Month and National Salad Month, here is a great recipe for you to try at home.

Balsamic Blue Cheese Dressing

1/4 cup Heinz® Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

In small bowl, combine Heinz® Balsamic Vinegar, dried oregano leaves, salt, pepper and dash hot pepper sauce. Slowly whisk in olive or vegetable oil; stir in crumbled blue cheese. Use as a dressing for sliced tomatoes and onion on Bibb or Boston lettuce or mixed green salads. Makes 1 cup.

Easy Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

3/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4 cup Heinz® Salad Vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar

For variety, add any of the following:
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 teaspoons poppy or sesame seeds

In small jar or blender container, combine all ingredients; mix well. Refrigerate. Serve over salad greens.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

6 Responses to “Where Does Your Vinegar Come From? (Heinz Review)”

  1. Aline says:

    Yikes I definitely do not want the vinegar made from petroleum. I had no idea. I knew the stuff was made from apples and wine. I would have never guessed it could be made from oil.

  2. Oh my goodness.. Are you serious? I had no idea that some vinegar was made from petroleum. That is real scarey. Thanks for the heads up.


    I had no idea that vinegar was made from petroleum! These are some interesting facts! I guess I have been poisoning myself and did not even know it;-(

  4. Anne Taylor says:

    I too had no idea where vinegar came from lol and I can’t believe I’ve ever thought about it! Thanks for this post; its really informative!

  5. Great salad dressing recipes!

  6. I never really thought about where vinegar comes from but the fact that it can come from petroleum is scary! I’m never buying cheap vinegar ever again!

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