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Drinking Vinegars aka "Shrubs" | A Refreshing Healthy Tonic

Posted on March 03, 2018 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

What is a Drinking Vinegar or Shrub?

Drinking flavored vinegar or what some call shrubs or tonics is not a new trend, in fact, "shrubs" which by definition is "a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to water" have been around since the pre-refrigeration days of the colonial era.  Fruit was preserved in vinegar and mixed with sugar or honey, essentially creating a juice or cordial that could be used to mix in water or alcohol for a simple drink or cocktail.  

Whole Fruits and Aromatic Spices Infused in Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Tonic

We started making our finishing vinegars back in 2010 and we follow the same process, we slow infuse fresh whole fruit ingredients in apple cider vinegar, add a bit of sweetness, herbs and aromatic spices and then we patiently wait and allow all the flavors to combine before we bottle.  It's a labor of love but the process is worth it.  The resulting vinegars have a slightly thicker consistency, rich natural fresh flavor, vibrant color and just enough sweetness to balance the acidity.  Our vinegars are not only served as a tonic for cocktails and seltzer but can be used as a healthy salad dressing for your everyday lunch greens.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Spices in Shrubs

We use real non gmo USA sourced apple cider vinegar in our line so when you taste our vinegars or "shrubs", you will notice the difference - they have a wonderfully refreshing vinegar kick which is what you want in a shrub, you don't want it to taste like kool-aid or a sugar laden cordial.  Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have a number of health benefits including:

  • enhancing weight loss
  • stabilizing blood sugars
  • lowering cholesterol
  • maintain alkaline ph
  • promotes detoxification of the liver
  • eases digestion
  • fights free radicals to reduce aging                                      

Additional Health Benefits of Drinking Vinegar

With the infusion of whole fresh fruits, aromatics and herbs in our drinking vinegars, you are not only gaining the benefits of apple cider vinegar but you benefit from all the vitamins and antioxidant properties in the spices we use.  For example, take our Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar - made with farm fresh strawberries, local garden rhubarb and spices including cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise and orange peel.  All those wonderful herbs, spices and fresh fruit ingredients are packed with vitamins and minerals.  Mix this in your seltzer water instead of chemical flavorings for a refreshing summer mocktail and know you are getting a variety of antioxidant benefits.  Did you know cinammon has the highest antioxidant property of all the spices and that star anise is known to fight off influenza?  Bay leaf is packed with Vitamin A, C, manganese, potassium and iron and strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting properties!   I say, drink up!

Simply Mix 1 Part Drinking Vinegar with 3 Parts Seltzer 

We have created a number of recipes that use our drinking vinegars in both cocktails and mocktails but they are easily enjoyed by mixing 1 part drinking vinegar to 3 parts seltzer water or adjust to your desired taste.  You can choose from a variety of seltzer flavors and just serve over ice.  Our newest addition to our vinegar line is our Grapefruit Juniper and Honey Vinegar made with whole juicy Texas grapefruit, juniper berries and orange blossom honey - it's just perfect on a hot summers day over ice with seltzer water or mixed in a tequila paloma.  For a quick health boost, you can take a shot of it!

Get Creative and Make Your Own Drinking Vinegars or Shrubs

You can make your own drinking vinegars at home quite easily but the process isn't quick. We infuse our vinegars for up to 12 weeks, but if you got time on your side, it's actually quite easy and fun, especially during the summer months when fresh fruits and berries are at their peak of ripeness.  You can cook the ingredients on the stove top by combining fresh cut fruits and spices together in a honey or sugar syrup, strain off your spices and fruit pulp and then add your apple cider vinegar.  You can also infuse the ingredients cold, let steep and keep in the refrigerator.  You don't have to use apple cider vinegar, I don't recommend white vinegar but some people use champagne vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, etc.  You can experiment with whatever flavor combinations intrigue you and you can play around with a variety of wild herbs to create your own health benefiting tonics.  It's actually a great hobby and will put your herb garden to good use!

If you don't have the time to create your own, take a chance and try ours!  You won't be disappointed and like I said earlier, you can mix them into a variety of drinks or simply drizzle over your favorite salad greens. 

 

Our Drinking Vinegar Flavor Combinations Include:

1.  Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar Shrub - the taste of grandma's strawberry pie in a bottle!  Fresh picked strawberries and local garden rhubarb infused in apple cider vinegar with warm aromatic spices including cinnamon, star anise and orange peel. 

2. Grapefruit Juniper & Honey Vinegar Shrub - fresh juicy Texas grapefruit packed with vitamin c infused in apple cider vinegar with floral orange blossom honey and juniper berries.  A complex refreshing and vibrant vinegar perfect over ice with seltzer water or drizzled over an arugula and goats cheese salad!

3.  Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Shrub - fresh handcut pears are infused in apple cider vinegar with fresh peppery ginger and spices.  This is one of my favorite drinking vinegars when mixed with vanilla seltzer!  It also makes a delicious white rum cocktail and is fantastic drizzled over a salad of spinach, grilled chicken, gorgonzola and candied walnuts.

4. Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub - New England cranberries infused in apple cider vinegar with cinnamon, orange peel, bay leaf and velvety saffron.  This antioxidant packed shrub is just perfect in winter drinks and holiday sparklers.  Try with seltzer water and a splash of fresh orange juice for a cranberry orange fizz.  Drizzle over a salad of spinach, candied pecans and goats cheese for a delicious fall salad. 

 

 Grapefruit Juniper Honey Drinking Vinegar | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

Check out our entire line of slow infused drinking vinegars here

 Gourmet Vinegars | Drinking Vinegars | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

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How To Use Fig Spread? Let Us Count The Ways.

Posted on March 01, 2018 by Ashley Thompson | 3 comments

We started making our balsamic fig mostarda spread in 2013...and it quickly became a best seller.  In 2017 it won the NYC Silver sofi award for best condiment in it's class.  It's a combination of sweet figs and fresh hand cut pears in a balsamic reduction sauce and finished with a touch of hot mustard oil.   We absolutely love this fig spread and when our customers taste it, they find it a lovely surprise that it's a cross between a sweet balsamic fig jam and a savory spicy mustard.  Traditionally, they always think to pair it with a cheese plate but we want to reach out and show you that cheese is by far not your only option.  

Let's go back to 1988 for a minute.

Most people think of fig spread or fig jam as what is in the middle of a fig newton...basically dried figs and sugar...excuse me while i yawn...but our fig spread takes on a modern approach and the combination of sweet figs with a nice balance of balsamic acidity and mustard heat lends itself to a whole lot of dishes far beyond a simple cheese plate.  So with that being said here we go. 

10 Ways to Use Fig Spread (you can use any fig spread but we of course...uhhhmmmm...cough....recommend ours :) 

1.  Crostini with Balsamic Fig Spread

Looking to entertain in like 5 minutes?  Spread our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on toasted crostini with goats cheese and drizzle with honey. 

2.  Shredded Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches with Balsamic Fig Sauce

Slow cooker beef with a balsamic fig sauce, shredded and added to crusty bread rolls and dipped in balsamic fig gravy?  Yes please....

3.  Fig Spread as a Pizza Base and Flatbread Base

Slather fig spread over a pizza crust or flatbread crust and top with goats cheese or blue cheese, prosciutto, arugula, walnuts, rosemary, etc.  Try 2 of our favorite pizzas:  Grilled Peach with Balsamic Fig, Brie and Basil or our Balsamic Fig with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Prosciutto 

Balsamic Fig Pizza with Grilled Peaches and Basil

4. Mini Phyllo Tarts with Fig Spread

Add a spoonful of fig spread to mini tarts and top with goats cheese, blue cheese or brie and add just a snip of fresh thyme or rosemary.  Bake for 10 minutes and voila!  Balsamic Fig and Brie Mini Tarts Recipe

Mini Tarts with Fig Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

5.  Fig Spread on a Grilled Cheese Panini

Add our fig spread to a variety of grilled cheese panini combinations.  Try turkey, brie and fig spread on a baguette or cheddar and fig on brioche.  Ham, provolone, fig spread and arugula is a favorite combo.

6.  Easter Ham with Warm Fig Mostarda Sauce

Simply warm up our balsamic fig spread on the stove top and serve with Easter ham.  Keep it simple, yet savvy.  (and the mustard kick is awesome with ham)

7.  Balsamic Fig Baked Chicken

Mix our balsamic fig spread with a bit of balsamic vinegar pour over chicken and bake with cherry tomatoes on top.  Done and it's pretty darn good for a typical Tuesday night.  Balsamic Fig Chicken Recipe here.

Balsamic Fig Chicken | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

8. Fig and Cheese Plate

We already know this one.  No advice needed.  You can add our Balsamic Fig Spread to any cheese plate and it's absolutely fantastic.  Serve it on the side of blue cheese, goats cheese or atop brie and serve with crackers, fruit and charcuterie.

Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread | Cheese Plate Pairing | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

9.  Roasted Vegetables and Fig Spread

From brussells sprouts to green beans, you can toss veggies in our balsamic fig spread and roast in the oven or sautee in a pan.  Check out our balsamic fig roasted brussels sprouts here. 

10.  Balsamic Fig Salad Dressing

Add our balsamic fig mostarda spread to a little extra balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Drizzle over a baby spinach, cranberry and candied walnut salad with goats cheese.  

11.  Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Fig Mostarda Sauce

Rub a pork tenderloin with an herb oil blend (olive oil, fresh rosemary, sage, salt , pepper) bake in oven and serve our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on the side.

There you have it!  Now your jar of fig spread is empty and you need more. :)

 

Balsamic Fig Mostarda | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread ~ $11.95  

 

 

 

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The BEST Ginger Soy Stir Fry Sauce for ANY Stir Fry Recipe!

Posted on February 01, 2018 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments
The Best Ginger Soy Stir Fry Sauce for ANY Stir Fry Recipe

After years of making this sauce, it being hands down one of our best sellers and it winning the NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi GOLD Award, we can almost guarantee that our Ginger Soy Infusion Sauce will be the BEST stir fry sauce you have ever bought.  Now maybe you can make something that you think is better at home, but we put a lot of craft and care into making this sauce.  It starts with an authentic kombu dashi seaweed stock, made by yours truly and infused with fresh chopped garlic, fresh ginger, toasted sesame, a little saki and sweetened organic tamari (yes this is gluten free as well).  It's not only a traditional style ginger soy stir fry sauce but it's a perfect balance of sweet and savory and it's not too heavy.  It's still light and full of intense Japanese flavor. 

You can use our Ginger Soy Sauce in a variety of stir fry's from Chinese chicken stir fry to shrimp lo mein.  It's perfect for tofu and veggie stir fry, general tso's chicken and delicious with simple fried rice.  Here are our top stir fry favorite recipes and Asian inspired dishes using our Ginger Soy Infusion Sauce.  Try it, you won't be disappointed.  

                                    Ginger Soy Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Our Favorite Stir Fry Recipes Using our Best Selling Ginger Soy Sauce

Chinese Chicken Chop Suey Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

Soft melt in your mouth velvety chicken stir fried with shiitake mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, carrots and cashews and tossed in our sweet and savory Ginger Soy Stir Fry Sauce.  This is just like Chinese Chop Suey take-out with half the calories, salt and oil. 

RECIPE: Chinese Chicken Chop Suey Stir Fry

Chinese Chop Suey Stir Fry with Ginger Soy Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

The Best Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

This beef and broccoli stir fry is hands down my favorite stir fry recipe.  Flank steak is thinly sliced and sauteed with crisp broccoli in our Ginger Soy Infusion sauce and thickened with a little cornstarch for rich saucy deliciousness.  It's the perfect weeknight dinner for quick and easy comfort food.

RECIPE:  Best Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry 

Best Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger Soy Sauce

Ginger Soy Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

Our Ginger Soy Infusion is used as both a marinade and a sweet finishing sauce for this chicken teriyaki recipe.  What's great about our Ginger Soy Sauce is we use no preservatives, artificial ingredients or colors and it's msg free, so you can enjoy delicious Asian teriyaki without all the added rubbish that's in a lot of store bought sauces.

RECIPE: Ginger Soy Chicken Teriyaki with Rice Recipe

Ginger Soy Chicken Teriyaki | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Shrimp Lo Mein Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

Sauteed shrimp stir fried with red bell pepper, fresh basil, green onions, tossed in our Ginger Soy Sauce and finished with crushed peanuts.  

RECIPE: Shrimp Lo Mein  Stir Fry with Wozz! Ginger Soy 

Shrimp Lo Mein with Ginger Soy Sauce | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 Asian Chicken Wings with Wozz! Ginger Soy Sauce

Along with that stir fry for dinner, why not start with an appetizer of Asian chicken wings tossed in our Ginger Soy Sauce?  YASS!

RECIPE:  Best Asian Chicken Wings with Ginger Soy Sauce

Best Asian Chicken Wings with Ginger Soy Sauce

Love you some stir fry and want to mix it up with a variety of sauces?

Check out our latest collection of Best Selling Stir Fry Sauces - a set of 4 handcrafted small batch Asian inspired stir fry sauces. Rich aromatic and well balanced, each of these sauces can also be used to marinate, dress or dip.  Our Best Stir Fry Sauces Set includes Ginger Soy Infusion Sauce, Sweet Chili Orange Sesame Sauce, Vietnamese Green Tea Mint Nuoc Cham Sauce and our award winning Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce

Wozz! Best Stir Fry Sauces Set 

Best Selling Stir Fry Sauces | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

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