oh, mother

A few years ago, I learned how to make my own red wine vinegar. Sadly, I only made one batch. The second batch has been sitting in a cupboard since, well, if the note on the container is correct, September 2003. It must be a lie. At any rate, I haven’t done anything with the vinegar. I took the jar out of the cupboard to decide what to do with it, and boy was I surprised when I discovered that the mother, a gelatinous glop of bacteria and yeast that feeds the vinegar, had taken over the whole jar! Barely any liquid remains in the container!

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Smothering mother

Peter still wants to siphon off the vinegar and use it, but I am a little frightened. So, anyone out there want some mother?

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16 Responses to oh, mother

  1. megan says:

    that’s really the placenta from when you had deedle, right?!?!!

  2. carolyn says:

    EW!!! no thanks!

  3. Rachel says:

    it looks like one of those body parts in a jar you see in horror movies. eww.

  4. clare eats says:

    But I would love some, if I didnt live on the other side of the world! doh

  5. amanda says:

    Wow…that’s pretty freaky looking! In kind of a cool way, if you never open it! Hee hee…

  6. Jenn says:

    Eww. That looks like a horror film in a jar.

  7. rae says:

    I just read something in Chow magazine about a mother exploding the jar it was in! I’m not sure in the yeast gas built up pressure or what, but be careful!

  8. Gina says:

    You have a great future in special effects!

  9. sharlyn says:

    I do, I do (hee-hee)!! I was not successful at making my own mother. I know it can be done, I just didn’t have the patience. So down the drain she went.

  10. Jenny says:

    I buy raw apple cidar vinegar with the mother often, but I have no idea what you do to make your own. I might want some if the process isn’t too complicated!Red wine raw vinegar would be good!

  11. Rebecca says:

    Just wanted to send encouragement for Sunday’s race. Of course now I wish I was down there running it but there will be other times! Run harder for me!

  12. Amy says:

    Is you husband a zombie? That is truly the stuff of nightmares.

  13. gaile says:

    this whole conversation is hilarious! anyone want some mother? mother exploding it’s jar. for those of us who are new to the whole idea, it really does sound bizarre, and as for how it looks, i’m going with megan on this one. 😉

  14. debbie says:

    ummmmmm, I don’t know what to say…is your husband a homebrewer? Mine is and that sounds like something he would talk about. I agree, we’re talking placenta here.

  15. Kay says:

    I had a similar experience with sourdough starter once. I was all, ‘Eww!’
    Still love sourdough bread, just don’t like to keep The Thing in my fridge. xoxo Kay

  16. Christy says:

    Reminds me of that old horror movie, “The Blob.” (Shudders)

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