There are many different types of vinegars in the world but the molasses vinegar is the one that might be the most unique. What exactly is molasses and how does it make a delicious vinegar?

Molasses is an ingredient that is a thick and dark syrup. Sugarcane plants are processed to make the sugar that constitutes the basis of the molasses. It also contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

Molasses also has major benefits in the kitchen and to your health. The ingredient is completely vegetarian as it comes from the sugarcane plant. The substance is also incredibly high in many vitamins and minerals. It also contains iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, B complex vitamins, Vitamin K and E. There are so many benefits considering that it comes from sugar. The syrup could also be beneficial to people who suffer from anaemia. Anaemia is the lack of iron or red blood cells in the body which could be dangerous.

Molasses also helps greatly with digestion, detoxifying of the skin, lowers high blood pressure, relieves arthritis pains in the joints, lightens the dark circles under the eyes which is caused by a lack of iron, and strengthens the bones. Yes, this is still syrup that comes from a sugarcane plant.

So how can this syrup be included in your everyday diet?

Fermenting the syrup creates delicious, dark vinegar that can be used in salads, marinating of meat, fish and poultry and as a topping on top of starter dishes. Many meals also use vinegar to enhance certain flavours especially if the sauce is too sweet or too bitter.

Many people also use molasses syrup in their tea and as a sweetener. Of course, this is an acquired taste and not many people are used to this type of flavour.

Molasses vinegar can also be made at home. All you need to do is cover a bowl of the syrup with a cloth and let it stand for two weeks. You will then need to strain it and let it sit for another four to six weeks until it tastes like vinegar. Thereafter, you will have to pour it in a bottle with a portion of boiling water.

Alternatively, you can make your own salad dressing with a cooking oil of your choice such as sunflower oil or olive oil and mix the already fermented syrup onto a bottle. Now you have a delicious salad dressing to serve your guests.