During the Middle Ages vinegar, along with an abrasive material such as sand, was used to clean and polish flexible mail armor used at that time.In 1394, a group of French vintners or winemakers developed a continuous method for making vinegar, which is called the Orleans method.All you hear on the news is "the Poles are saying this" and "the Poles are saying that," and "the latest Pole is.....: I think it's quite a testament to the intelligence, fortitude, and wisdom of people of Polish heritage that Americans in general are so very concerned about what we believe, politically.So, if you want to know what this Pole thinks, go to my Politics page. Perhaps if you are from Poland or familiar with Koledy, you can help me identify what group or person is performing this version of Wsrd Nocnej Ciszy.A new batch of cider or wine was then carefully added to the barrel, which was quick started by the remaining vinegar.The French vintners formed a guild of master vinegar makers.Vinegar was used by the Carthaginian general Hannibal when he crossed the Alps with elephants to invade Italy in 218 BC.It was poured over hot boulders to crumble them, to allow his troops to march through.
Today vinegar steeped in garlic is sold as Four Thieves Vinegar.
Makes me believe that Adam and Eve must have been Polish, too....right??
An interesting question: why is it that, in America, at election time, everyone wants to know what us people of Polish extraction think?
In this method, oak barrels were used as fermentation vessels and the vinegar was siphoned off through a spigot at the bottom of the barrel.
Approximately 15 percent of the vinegar was left behind, which contained the mother of vinegar and its concentrated bacteria floating on top.