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Cult Vinegar, a Labor of Love in the UK

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Cult Vinegar, a Labor of Love in the UK

June 17, 2021

It’s impossible not to be charmed by the exuberance of Jonathan Brown, who once ran a food blog called “Around Britain with a Paunch” and says he has loved food and wine since a young age. By day he works in advertising, but in his spare time he operates his specialty line Cult Vinegar with his wife, Sarah.

“I’ve become fascinated (or my wife would say obsessed) by fermenting and culturing food. From sourdough bread, to kimchi, to pickled artichokes, to making vinegar from the dregs of wine and leftover cider—it seems almost anything can be made more tasty and more interesting by allowing it to submit to the joy of being cultured by live bacteria.”

Cult Vinegar also offers a chic, streamlined vinegar fermenting crock, in collaboration with British ceramicist Billy Lloyd. Explains Billy, “Jonathan arrived in my studio in Kennington with an enormous stoneware crock full of extremely potent red wine vinegar. We hit it off immediately. Together we set about giving the rustic, old school design of the French farmhouse vinaigrier a contemporary and radical makeover. We wanted to design a vessel that would be at home in a stylish contemporary kitchen and would trigger people’s curiosity.”

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Above: The hand-cast porcelain Cult Vinegar Vase is a contemporary countertop vessel that lets you create your own living vinegar; it’s £100 from Cult Vinegar. Each Cult Vinegar Vase comes with a bottle of Cult Vinegar starter culture (the “Mother”), a how-to guide, plus a set of labels. Lids are available in three colors: red, white, and yellow. The vases are designed to be clustered; one for red wine, one for white.
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Above:  Cult Vinegar also offers a line of Small Batch Live Cult Vinegars.
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Above: Countertop vinegar making.
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Above: Jonathan (L) on a foraging expedition and Billy (R) in his studio.

For more handmade kitchen accessories, see:

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10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Ceramic Nesting Bowls

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