About Vinegar Shed
About Vinegar Shed
Born out of a love of vinegar and other elemental cooking ingredients (such as oils, herbs and spices to name just a few of our staples), Vinegar Shed is a fine food business devoted to bringing some of the world's most interesting, organic and exclusive foodstuffs to a wider audience. We travel regularly around Europe and further afield to find passionate artisans making some very special small-batch products - all are guaranteed to add some amazing flavour and excitement to your everyday cooking. There are fabulous Banyuls wine vinegars (including a sensational saffron blend and Vermeil vinegar spiced with cloves and cinnamon) from the rocky Cote Vermeille coast in the South of France close to Spain, some stunning herb and fruit flavoured vinegars made by Cistercian nuns in the Languedoc, and wonderfully fragrant organic saffron from the Spanish Pyrenees.
There's a selection of some unique spices, unusual spice blends, Single Estate and wild peppercorns from around the globe and all are of such great quality that you only need to use a little to take your cooking to new heights! And that's just a few of the incredible things you'll find - we also stock our great friend French chef Stephane Reynaud's classic French terrines, delicious seasonal pickles, jellies and other condiments to perk up your cheese and charcuterie platters!
Add some curated kitchen and tableware and we hope you'll find lots of inspiration! There are sturdy cast-iron Swedish spice grinders and mortar and pestle sets to help you get the best out of our herbs and spices, brilliant wok's and frying pans and beautiful French bowls and dishes guaranteed to add colour and joy to your home. Then, we have our stunning vinegar pots and barrels and hard-to-find kitchenalia like puntarella graters, sea urchin openers and unusual knives for the hard-core kitchen gadget collector - all are based on things that we've been using for years and believe are must-have items!
About Founder Andy Harris
So how did it all begin? Andy Harris started making vinegar about 20 years ago when he bought his first vinegar crock in a French flea market and has been obsessed with making the stuff ever since.
As a food and travel writer, well-known magazine editor and excellent cook, Andy has tasted many of the world’s most interesting vinegars on his culinary travels over the years. Visiting the best balsamic producers in Modena, the finest sherry vinegar makers of Spain and France’s regional artisan wine and cider vinegar producers on his culinary tours. He has a notable collection of bought vinegars in our larder and still loves buying them from every country we visit. In the kitchen, he uses all of them for different recipes on a regular basis.
It’s not surprising then that vinegar has long been one of Andy’s greatest passions and today, we couldn’t cook without it in the kitchen - using all the different types on a regular basis, adding them to soups and stews, sauces and all of our home-made pickles. But it wasn’t until we started making our own that we realised the full potential and joys of homemade vinegar. We have about twelve of our own crocks now, in the kitchen and the garden shed, constantly producing delicious, and different, red, white and cider vinegars, single, varietal wine vinegars and even have huge French, Italian and Spanish oak, cherry and chestnut barrels for making and ageing our commercial vinegars at our Vinegar Shed HQ in West London. At home, we still proudly admire and care for the mothers that make these delicious vinegars and smile happily as our friends come around for Sunday lunch with used bottles to refill. It really does become an addictive part of your cooking. We hope you’ll discover the joys as much as we have. Make your own vinegar at home in our pots and barrels, buy and taste our diverse selection of global vinegars, speciality oils and try out all our incredible herbs, peppers and spices - they'll be lots of recipes and ideas for everything on our site going forwards.
I love the classic combination of sweet fennel and savoury sage flavours with simple pork chops. It's a magical combination that's easy to prepare and riff on by adding garlic and white wine or even a drop of one of our white wine vinegars for added flavour!