An avid garlic vinegar lover asks... "what is the white compound on the inside neck of my garlic vinegar bottle."
Simply put, it is Mother of Garlic Vinegar!
The mother is actually a cellulose substance made up of various Acetobacter, a very acidic strain of bacteria. The Acetobacter combine with the oxygen in warm air to cause fermentation in apple cider, wine, or other alcoholic liquids to produce vinegar. It is the mother that gives the vinegar its characteristic sourness.
While not exactly appealing in appearance, it is completely harmless and your garlic vinegar does not have to be thrown away because of it. Mother of garlic vinegar can be easily filtered out using coffee filter, or, perhaps even better, the mother can simply be left in the garlic vinegar and ignored.
After opening your bottle, you may notice “mother” beginning to form. Vinegar containing “mother” is not harmful or spoiled. Just remove the substance by filtering and continue to enjoy your garlic vinegar!
People into home remedies and more holistic healthcare have long believed that mother of vinegar has many health benefits, especially antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, thought vinegar was a powerful elixir and used the mother to fight common germs.
Today, popular uses of mother of vinegar include losing and controlling weight, improving digestion, and soothing dry, sore throats. Some people also use it externally to soothe the pain of sunburn, prevent dandruff or itchy scalp, and maintain healthy skin. The people of the Philippines even use sweetened mother of vinegar to make some of their traditional desserts.
Keep enjoying your garlic vinegar!