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How to Make Rice Vinegar the Natural Way

Rice vinegar can also be used as substitute for the usual western white vinegar.  However, homemakers may find it troublesome searching for this ingredient in shops that sells Asian ingredients.   It is often too pricey as well since it’s imported from China or Japan.  The advantage of making your own rice vinegar then is that you can prepare it according to your own taste or preference and save money.  Rice vinegar is generally milder than the usual white vinegar.  However, there is a method used to make it stronger. Before we deal with that aspect, let us first identify the steps involved in making rice vinegar.  

How to Make Rice Vinegar the Natural Way

Step 1

Take 2 cups of rice and wash it with 3 cups of water. To wash the rice, cup a small portion of rice and rub it between your palms. Do this with rice submerged in water and not out of the water. If you think you have rubbed all the rice completely, let it soak in the water for more than 6 hours. If you prefer a shorter period, it is still acceptable.

Step 2

After six hours, drain the water and store it in a large container to separate the rice. Do not throw the water away. With regards to the rice, you can add water again and still cook it. Depending on your taste, you can add one cup of sugar for a milder effect or you can omit it for stronger taste. You may or may not refrigerate the rice wash.

Step 3

Whether you refrigerate it or not, you have to transfer the solution to smaller containers like pocket size bottles and the like. Before returning the cap to the mouth of the bottle, cover it with a soft cloth first, just enough to cover from the mouth of the bottle up to the neck. Seal it tightly with the cap.

Step 4

Store the formula in a dark area such as cabinets in your store room or garage. Ensure that the storage area is not exposed to direct sunlight.

Step 5

Inspect the formula after one week. Take one bottle, remove the seal, and smell it. You will know that the fermentation process is complete if you no longer smell a foul odor. It is important to remember that during the fermenting process, the formula will emit foul odor.

Step 6

If there are no more foul odors, then remove the formula from storage and transfer it in your kitchen. You now have ample supply of rice vinegar within your reach. 

          You can now prepare Asian dishes that require rice vinegar like sashimi, sweet and sour fish or pork, cucumber and radish salad.  Aside from the benefits mentioned above, another advantage of making your own rice vinegar is that it is purely natural. You are confident that there are no synthetic ingredients or substitutes added.  You can make your rice vinegar stronger like that of western vinegar by not removing them from your storage area until you need it.

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