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A symbol of quality and tradition

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A symbol of quality and tradition

What is vinegar?

Sour makes you merry

If you love gastronomy and delicious, healthy foods, then you know for sure, that the most essential conditions to ensure perfect tastes are the following: using only fresh, high quality raw materials; expertise; passion; experience and sincerity. The Pödör products show no compromise in any of these.

The main tenets of our work philosophy are responsibility, simplicity and sincerity. We acquire only the best raw materials from areas that they have long been native to. We prepare our products by carrying on the traditions of manual labor, in a continuous and natural way so as to be able to put on your table products that are always fresh and rich in nutrients and vitamins.

Pödör oils and vinegars are special because they are made only from 100% pure, top quality raw materials, cleaned with utter thoroughness and with the traditional time-consuming, manual labor and expertise of the most experienced press masters. The products you can get from us are freshly pressed throughout the year, and find their way into the bottle only after the strictest quality control.

It is undisputable and scientifically proven that cold pressed seed oils, which are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins, have beneficial effects on our health, looks and the way we feel – but only if we use 100% pure, unfiltered, unrefined and strictly controlled oils, which is always the case with the Pödör products.

You can usually get the best quality raw materials from areas that they have always been native to. Every seed from which a Pödör oil is made, should be sun-ripened and specially selected. Since every crop requires its particular climate and soil, the ones we use come from areas where they have been raised by generations of cultivators with the specific purpose of producing seed oils. Due to the special attention they pay to cleanliness and adequate storage conditions, the end result is top quality products – exactly what is expected by demanding customers. It is the century- long traditional method of production that is the basis for the highest quality. We guarantee that the wide range of products that our customers receive is always genuine and manually produced. An important mark of our oils is that they are 100 % fresh, unfiltered, unrefined and get pressed without any additives, on a monthly basis. It is only the first press that guarantees natural taste and color! You can safely trust that our products are always fresh and top quality.

The phrase "cold pressed" is somewhat contradictory, since it is obvious that every seed/ berry must be warmed. Thus, in the mechanical phase (i.e. pressing) – using no additives at all - we get as much oil as the seed/ berry allows to be pressed from it.

It is an important mark of cold pressed oils that their characteristics can be identified visually as well as through our tactile senses (nose and palate). Each of the many kinds of our natural, cold pressed oils have a unique, genuine fragrance, flavor and color that clearly distinguishes them from their rivals.

Pressing procedure

The procedure for the production of our oils has been in use for centuries, and it can be divided into the following work phases:

  1. Preparation of the raw material: the selected seeds are blown through with warm air, then dried and cleaned.
  2. The raw material is ground in a mill.
  3. The ground raw material is mingled with warm water and some salt.
  4. The oil is pressed from the mush, and is cleared without filtering in storage tanks (the settling takes about 2 weeks).


Heat does no damage whatsoever to the valuable constituents of oils but has a positive effect on their taste.

Exception: flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, thistle oil and poppy seed oil - which are produced with the help of a coil press machine. This means that slicing, warming and pressing takes place in one and the same work phase.

To achieve high oil quality, it is necessary that we use only flawless raw materials (bakery quality).

Manufactury

Manufactury

It is only through a love of nature, awareness of healthy eating, and a tradition that has been carefully preserved from generations to generations that a real oil specialty can be made. The pressing of top quality oils from ripe, valuable seeds requires great expertise, knowledge and experience. The oils that we select for you have found their way into the bottle after a long and exhausting process: work done by press masters with love and technical expertise, as a gift of nature and an elixir of life. It has taken long years to acquire the knowledge and practice of how the fruit/ crops need to be prepared, ground and pressed so that the oil reaches perfect quality. The oils that we offer are the best test – check it out and taste them! Enjoy the pleasure of a wise decision: reward yourself with a gift of nature.

Pödör oils are prepared without any additives, and they do not contain any aromas, flavor enhancers, preservatives or artificial coloring.

Unopened, they can be stored for 15-18 months in a cool, dry place, protected from sunlight. The exact date of expiry is marked on the bottle.

It is recommended that they get used up within 3-4 months after opening, so that the valuable vitamins, trace elements and minerals do not lose from their high quality.

Exceptions from this:
Flax seed oil and poppy seed oil should be stored in a refrigerator!

In terms of its physiological effects, flaxseed oil works most efficiently when it is absolutely fresh. When it is exposed to sunlight or oxygen, it will soon get rancid.

Pay special attention to its storage: unopened, in a cool, dry place protected from sunlight. After opening, it should be refrigerated, and use it quick as you can! Poppy seed oil is also relatively sensitive, therefore it is advisable to store it refrigerated!

Our oils are 100 % natural, made only from selected and carefully controlled materials, cold pressed.
They are unfiltered, so shake the bottle before use!

You can buy freshly pressed oils from us throughout the year, so do not keep at home more than what you can use within 3-4 months.

Vinegar is the oldest foodstuff of mankind, and also the one that can be stored the longest! Vinegar is the only foodstuff that will never go off! Vinegar can be stored for a practically unlimited time!

According to an old saying, sour makes you merry. Vinegar has been known for centuries, and it has equally long traditions both as foodstuff and as preservative. It is highly respected in folk medicine for its effects helping digestion and reducing fever. It has been employed in the therapy of skin diseases, diseases of the joints, and haemorrhages.

Pödör vinegars are natural, pure vinegars selected from the best producers, and they are sure to be to your liking, especially when combined with the oils that we offer. Pure, 100% natural vinegars – such as the Pödör fruit and balsamic vinegars – contain a concentration of vitamins, trace elements and minerals, so you can trust that you have chosen a real quality product, for your meals.

When purchasing vinegar, pay attention to the constituents marked on the bottle, and avoid using products that are not 100% fruit based.

Our recipes will give you guidance as to which recipe harmonizes best with which oil – but feel free to try other combinations as well.

Vinegar must be stored airtight and protected from sunlight. Under these conditions, it preserves its quality for a practically unlimited time.

A good vinegar is the final product created through the fermentation and oxidization of juices containing alcohol or sugar.

Full value fruit vinegars are vinegars whose juice is gained from fresh fruits. The juices keep the taste, fragrance, aroma and color of the fruit, harmonizing it all in the prepared vinegar. Due to the gentle and traditional method of preparation, these pure fruit vinegars are especially valuable for the human body; besides providing a real culinary experience.

For the making of vinegars, a wide variety of basic materials are used: crushed grape, must, wine, apples and other fruit, wine, brandy, sherry, and even whey or rice. The more natural the vinegar is, the richer it is in other trace constituents. Natural, unfiltered vinegars contain a small degree of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, in addition to pectins and other secondary vegetable materials.

Preparation

Traditional preparation procedures and modern technology can go hand in hand. It is especially in the preparation of vinegars that old and new methods of preparation can be successfully combined.

Vinegar making procedures

Open fermentation

This procedure is most commonly used in households or old plants. Here, the fermentation of the vinegar takes place in a more or less open tank, with a so/called “vinegar mother” floating on the surface of the liquid (this is a jelly-like formation, floating on the surface of the vinegar). The rather lengthy and not always successful fermentation is caused by this layer of fermenting and vinegar bacteria. The vinegar thus produced often falls short of the quality requirements for saleable vinegars. The main problem is that they do not reach the 5% acid content required by law, which may result in repeated complaints and high fines. Although the time needed for the vinegar to reach the minimum acid content (somewhere between ½ and 1 year ) is of no particular relevance for the producer from an economic point of view, open fermentation is still quite common with the so/called Solera procedure (when fermentation takes place in various barrels, one after the other).

Circulator pumping

During this procedure, vinegar is pumped through wood splinters, corncobs or wooden grids. Then it is aired, whereby the vinegar’s acid content approximates the degree required by law. Typically, it has a high ester content (which gives it an adhesive-like smell); at the same time, due to the use of fixing materials, there is a great danger of “parasite fungi” appearing in the finished product. If they keep airing the liquid further, we speak about a perfected circulator pumping procedure.

Submers – underwater procedure

The underwater fermentation process takes place with the help of bacteria kept in a floating state and of continuously controlled airing. This makes it possible that the temperature is regulated and the production of vinegar is fully controlled without a ”mother vinegar” being formed. In the case of large equipments, airing is done by turbines, which is definitely faster but it weakens the aroma, therefore this procedure is used mostly on an industrial scale.

Small equipments do the airing on the basis of the Venturi principle with sprinkling. This procedure takes somewhat longer but results in a perfect aroma. Altogether, we can calculate with a transformation period of 30-60 hours in both procedures. Since it is the underwater procedure that is the basis of the technology, no modern vinegar production plant can do without it.

Aceto Balsamico is produced solely in the region of Modena in the North of Italy.

The origin of traditional balsamic vinegar goes back to centuries, and it is the product of unique environmental conditions, created from locally grown grapes and closely linked to the art of making must and the careful, yearly refilling of vinegar barrels.

After the pressing of the grapes but still before the beginning of fermentation, the must is brewed in cauldrons in the open air, under normal atmospheric pressure until it reaches a concentration of 30-50% (depending on the actual needs of the vinegar manufacturing plant). Following a long decantation period, there begins the natural and simultaneous fermentation and vinegar fermentation of the brewed must, enhanced by the yeast and vinegar acid bacteria. As a result, the product goes through a transformation, called “ripening”, which is of crucial importance in regard to the characteristic aromas of the balsamic vinegar. Ripening is followed by “aging”, i.e. the period during which the distinctive marks of the product are formed.

The three phases take place in different wooden barrels (typically oak, chestnut, bramble, cherry or juniper), in gradually decreasing quantity (from 75/100 liters to 10/15 liters).

Each type of wood gives a distinctive character to the vinegar.

Chestnut wood, rich in tannin, contributes to the dark color of the product. Bramble wood promotes faster concentration, juniper adds resin essence to it, cherry wood makes the taste more tender whereas oak lends a characteristic vanilla taste to the ripened vinegar. The difference in the barrel sizes is necessary because of the yearly siphoning. The purpose of the refillings is to fill up the barrels with vinegar from the “more advanced” barrel, thus evening up the yearly loss due to the siphoning of the end product and to the natural evaporation. Refilling requires competence and careful consideration for the actual development phase of the product, - so that the optimal development can be guaranteed for the coming centuries as well.


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