Eden Organic Brown Rice Vinegar is a stimulating and versatile seasoning. It is full bodied without the usual sharpness of vinegar. In cooking, brown rice vinegar helps to balance salt and adds interest by providing a contrast of flavors. Use it as you would any other fine vinegar. It is an excellent condiment sprinkled over vegetables and grain.
Eden Organic Brown Rice Vinegar is made from organically grown, cooked brown rice Oryza sative, koji Aspergillus oryzae, a small amount of seed vinegar from a previous batch and pure water. These ingredients are blended and placed in earthenware crocks that are partially buried outdoors in the earth, covered and fermented for about eight months. The enzymes in the koji break down the complex starches in the rice, converting them to simple sugars. Yeast from the koji and seed vinegar further break down the sugar into alcohol. Bacteria in the seed vinegar then converts the alcohol to acetic acid or vinegar. 4.5 percent acidity.
A vinegar that is labeled 'rice vinegar' does not assure quality. Many commercial vinegars are synthetic products made from glacial acetic acid, a petroleum product. Others are made from alcohol produced for industrial use. Please avoid any vinegar labeled 'distilled,' as it is the most highly refined.
Authentic brown rice vinegar is considered a healthful food in Japan and is served with almost every meal.
Rice vinegar was brought from China to Japan in the fourth century A.D., at about the same time that the closely related process for making rice wine (sake) was introduced. Natural rice vinegar maintained its popularity in Japan until the early 1900s when the cheaper brewing methods were developed. Eden Organic Brown Rice Vinegar is the healthiest, original version.