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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Ingredients Glossary > Glossary > umboshi plum vinegar

Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are.  But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso?  Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path. 

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Umeboshi Plum Vinegar

not really a true vinegar, this is the salty brine leftover from the process of making umeboshi plums, containing only plum, water, shiso leaf, and sea salt. It has a 4.5% acidity and carries all the same health benefits as the plum paste. It is salty and tart, and makes an excellent substitute for salt in recipes - it is delicious over grains, popcorn, or vegetables.    However, it is high in sodium, so use in moderation.  Look for it in the Asian food section of natural food markets; I like Eden Foods brand.