What is Verjuice?
Gluten Free Product
It’s made from the juice of unfermented, unripened grapes. Its name derives from the French ‘vert’ (green) ‘jus’ (juice). As verjuice has traditionally been made from white and red grapes, leaving the juice on the skins long enough to colour it, the ‘vert’ refers to youth (unripe), rather than colour.
Think of verjuice as a gentle acidulant. It tastes tart, a bit like lemon juice or vinegar but not as harsh.
How to use Verjuice?
You can use verjuice in any recipe as a substitute for lemon juice, vinegar or any other compound which is used as a cooking acidifier (i.e. pomegranate juice, bitter orange juice and wine).
Instead of vinegar or lemon juice in salad dressings;
Instead of white wine or brandy when deglazing pans;
Poaching fresh fruit or reconstituting dried fruit;
Drizzle over grilled fish or barbecued baby octopus;
Cutting the richness of sauces or meat dishes, especially with pork;
Instead of balsamic vinegar when caramelising onions;
Heavily reduced as a topping for ice cream;
In the preparation of mustards.
Where to buy verjuice?
You can find verjuice in your local supermarket in the vinegar section. The most common brand you will find at Coles or Woolies is Anchor (or at least that’s the only one I have come across). You can also purchase it from Maggie Beer online.
Here’s a YouTube video by Maggie Beer talking about verjuice