Page 131 - The Secrets Of Vinegar
P. 131

                          Les Secrets du Les du
            Antoine-Claude Maille is the credited inventor of “Four Thieves Vinegar” and various accounts declare that Maille created “a mixture with antiseptic properties that, when applied to the body, prevented contagion and saved many lives as a result.” It was only during its second generation, however, that the House of Maille truly achieved success, mainly because of its cleansing vinegars. At that time, the House of Maille was producing up to two hundred cleansing and scented vinegars. In 17th century Europe and England, vinegar was mostly used to mask foul odors; townsfolk would hold vinegar-soaked sponges to their noses to block the smell of the open sewers. Women kept sponges dipped in vinegar in small silver boxes, while men carried vinegared sponges in their walking sticks. Even the powerful British Royal Navy used vinegar, both to preserve food during long voyages and to wash ship decks.
 Traditional Recipe for
Four Thieves Vinegar
• 4 tsp rosemary • 4 tsp sage
• 4 tsp mint
• 4 tsp rue
• 1 tbsp sweet flag • 1 tbsp garlic
• 4 tsp lavender
• 4 tsp thyme
• 4 tsp wormwood • 1 tbsp cinnamon • 1 tbsp cloves
• 1 tsp camphor
 Mix all ingredients with 6 cups of cider vinegar. Leave mixture to steep for
10 days. Strain and store in a cool, dark place.

   129   130   131   132   133