The Many Uses of Vinegar
November 25, 2007 § 23 Comments
Vinegar is a liquid substance produced from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields acetic acid, a corrosive organic chemical compound, represented as CH3COOH. Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in cider, fermented fruit juice, or nearly any other liquid containing alcohol. It has been used for food, household, miscellaneous and medicinal purposes for over a thousand years. What should be even more interesting is that its use has been mentioned in Prophetic Tradition which extends as far back as the Prophet Dawood (alayhi salaam) or David, in his Psalms, all the way to the Prophet Muhammad (alayhi salatu wa sallim), in the recorded traditions of the Prophet Muhammad called ahadith in Sahih Muslim. And according to ‘Aisha (radhi Allahu anha) the Prophet Muhammad’s wife, the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa sallim) said,
“The best of condiments or condiment is vinegar.”
There is also a recorded tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, a hadith, narrated by Jabir b. ‘Abdullah saying,
“While I was sitting in my house there happened to pass by me Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). He made a gesture to me and I stood up for him. He took hold of my hand until we came to one of the apartments of his wives. He entered and then asked me to get in. So I entered and there was hanging a curtain beside her. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Is there any food (with you)? They (the members of the household) said: Yes And then there were brought three loaves of bread for him (the Holy Prophet) and placed in the basket of palm leaves. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) picked up one loaf and placed that before him, and then picked up another one and placed it before me. He then picked up the third one and broke it into two parts, and kept the one-half before him and the other half before me, and then said: Is there any condiment? They (the members of the household) said: There is nothing (in the form of condiment) but some vinegar only. He said: Bring that, for vinegar is a good condiment.”
We use vinegar for a number of reasons in my home. For example, usually before every meal we take a cap full of vinegar to take the edge off of the appetite. Also, from time to time we use it, diluted with water, as a hair rinse. This removes soap film and unnecessary oils after shampooing. It also adds acid mantel to hair and highlights to brunettes.
There are so many uses for vinegar, the number is unknown however you may find “131 Uses for Vinegar” a useful website to learn more about the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s favorite condiment, vinegar.