I have only seen 3 mothers of vinegar in my life. Once in a bottle of white vinegar I found hiding in the back of the pantry while packing for one of my vagabond moves, and 2 yesterday when I needed vinegar for a vinaigrette. Both new finds were in a bottle of white wine vinegar. They look gross and nasty, but this time I knew that they were harmless. I had done some internet searching the first time I saw one. Here and here are examples of what’s available for information online.
Finding a slimy, jellyfish looking thing in your pantry can be kind of creepy.
When Andy saw it today he was 6 kinds of freaked out.
Since this is a G-rated blog I can’t post the conversation how it exactly went, but this is close.
Andy: Ewww, what is that?
Me: It’s a mother.
Andy: Ya, it’s a mother alright. Mother of what?
Me: Mother of vinegar.
Andy: Well, its gross, throw it out.
Me: Its harmless. I can strain it out, but really it isn’t hurting anything. It’s just eating sugar and alcohol.
As I shake the bottle, we can now see two of them. I will admit I too was a little taken aback, 2 in one bottle.
Andy: That’s just nasty. You can keep it if you want, but don’t you dare put any of that in my food or anything that’s going to touch my food.
Me: People pay money for these things. Have you ever seen one before?
Andy: No, and I wish I hadn’t seen that one. Its weird.
Me: They don’t usually grow in store bought vinegar, I have seen exactly 3 in my life. Come to think of it, all 3 have been while we lived in Oklahoma.
I showed him the amazon page full of these things for sale.
Andy: Some people are gross.
Me: And some people just don’t understand.
Even though he was freaked out, he was taking pictures with his phone and texting the pictures to friends like we had an alien or something living in the pantry. Sorry friends if one of you got that random text this morning. We do not have aliens living in the pantry and I do not serve any of you food with slime in it. He was just overreacting to one of nature’s beneficial bacteria.
Another note to friends, after photographing, the vinegar and the mothers were thrown out. Made me kind of sad, I could have done so much with 2 of them……………