Clean Slate Farm Blended Vinegars
Created at Clean Slate Farm by Dave Lenweaver, a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America, these balsamic blends are the result of months of researching many vinegars and extensive flavor testing of figs, ginger, and maple syrup.
In a time when other companies buy bulk-blended vinegar in barrels and repackage them for sale, we blend in small batches to carefully control every aspect of the taste. Every fig and piece of ginger is hand cut and weighed to ensure each batch of vinegar is up to our standard.
What’s more, we provide each bottle with a convenient shaker spout that assures you get just the amount of vinegar you want. Not too much or not too little, you choose.
Each Clean Slate Farm vinegar undergoes it’s own marinade and blending schedule, which is determined by the flavors and individual qualities of each ingredient.
Fig Balsamic Vinegar
The figs are black California Mission selected for the level of sweetness and richness of taste they provide. Black Mission figs are native to Spain and were first planted in San Diego in 1789 buy the Spanish missionaries.
Our first blended vinegar, we’ve used this at home for years before being convinced we should offer it for sale. Dave’s love of figs and balsamic vinegar led him to marry the two as an experiment. The result was something we just had to keep on hand for the super fresh salad greens we pick from the Clean Slate Farm potager gardens.
Ginger Balsamic Vinegar
We sourced the plumpest, most flavorful ginger roots and purchase them from a local vendor. Keep it local! Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, or root has been used as a spice and folk medicine for hundreds of years.
This blend is wonderful in salads but makes a great alternative to soy sauce on and in stir-fried veggies, one of our favorite uses. All the flavor and acidity but none of the salt found in soy sauce. It’s also great as a marinade for salmon or other fish, and a little goes a long way. Just drizzle a bit on the fish and wait five minutes before grilling or pan-searing. Finish the dish with another small drizzle to make it extra special.
Maple Balsamic Vinegar
To many, New York maple syrup is the finest and we agree. Our Maple Balsamic uses Dutch Hill Maple syrup located in Tully, New York for the sweetest, robust flavor to blend with balsamic to balance flavor and acidity. Dutch Hill is the 2017 winner of multiple awards at the New York State Fair, including the top spot of best-in-show. Try a bit on your next salad or cheese plate for a unique twist.
The $25,000 Apple Pie Package
In 2002, Dave Lenweaver decided to change careers and pursue the culinary arts as a profession. He applied to The Culinary Institute of America and was accepted to begin classes in January of 2003. His admissions representative suggested he enter the All American Apple Pie Scholarship challenge for incoming students. Top prize, a $25,000 scholarship for the best pie as judged by the chef instructors at the CIA. Dave won the top award beating out over 320 other entrants.
Now Dave has created a way for you to enjoy this pie with little effort. Just peel and chop six pie apples, add the contents of the $25,000 Pie Package, mix thoroughly, and add it to your pie crust. It’s that simple. Each package makes one delicious apple pie.
We’ve even included the recipe for the pie crust, the most delicious and flaky crust around. An Austrian pastry chef told Dave, “…and the crust! It was supremely delicious and flaky.” Take note…you can make it, too!
Matson Hill Dry Rub Blend
A blend of spices for beef, chicken, pork, or in moderation, fish. While you may find other blends this is not another Montreal blend or brown sugar rub, this is a blend of cumin, brown sugar, paprika, cayenne, black pepper, garlic and onion powder, and salt in proportions to enhance the flavor of the meat. There’s just enough of each to make your guest wonder what you did to make the meat taste so good. It’s what we use on the farm for roasting and grilling.
While you may think the pepper, cumin, and cayenne make it too hot, they provide a subtle level of flavor on the back of the palate. Just enough to enhance, not overpower. Keep it as your secret.
Mabel Hoskins’ Miracle Hand Cream
Mabel Hoskins was Dave’s grandmother. She raised her only son as a single mom and resisted the in-laws attempt to take the child to raise with them. She was a tough one indeed. We created this mix for our personal use after a day of working in the gardens at Clean Slate Farm and it reminds us of her everytime we use it.
Made with beeswax from the Clean Slate Farm apiary, we blend in shea butter from Africa, organic coconut oil then peppermint and lavender essential oils. The result is a hand cream that soothes and softens skin and smells great, too!