A few years ago, we ventured to make wine vinegar using the traditional Orleans Method perfected over 500 years ago in France. Most vinegar today is produced in just hours, in an industrial process that removes flavor and nutrients, and the 'art' of making this ancient elixir. In contrast, authentic barrel aged vinegar like ours is converted slowly, over many months, from quality wines and fermented juices with a starter - the 'mother' - in oak barrels. This is the way we do it in our 1865 Suisun Valley Vinegar House, and the result is a complex, rich elixir, finely balanced and complex. KATZ Farm traditional Orleans Method vinegars are proudly recognized on the Slow Food ARK OF TASTE - "Helping save cherished Slow Foods one product at a time."
With decades of experience, first as a chef and then as producer of some of the highest quality ingredients available today, Albert Katz has a profound understanding of vinegar, one of Man’s oldest condiments:
"As a culinary ingredient, I have long found vinegar to be an important element in my own cooking. I have always tended toward the 'sweet and sour' balance in a finished dish and quite often use vinegar to accomplish this culinary endeavor. The richness of meat and the sweetness of fruit, caramelized onions, or garlic can all be brought together with the piquancy in a splash of vinegar. In the same way, it can happen in a salad...the richness of cheese and fresh walnuts or almonds, or with the sweetness of pears or apples, all balanced with a dressing made with just the 'right' vinegar...these are the types of dishes I like to create, the types of dishes that satisfy my palate."
These recipes reflect our years of experience as chefs and restauranteurs and highlight the affinity our traditional Orleans Method vinegars have for fresh, seasonal ingredients. As well, it is our intention to provide our customers with fun and inspiring recipes for simple, elegant dishes. (All of our recipes are available for easy viewing and printing, and more recipes are added each season...so please, visit us often!)