Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars

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I’ve cooked (and cleaned!) with traditional vinegar before but I actually had never even heard of rice vinegar prior to reviewing the Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars as part of this Mom Central blog tour.

I was intrigued by the variety of flavors that the Nakano rice vinegars came in; Original, Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper, Basil & Oregano, and Balsamic Blend to name just a few.

Nakano is committed to helping consumers take steps towards eating healthier and is sure that you can test your willpower during their “60-Day Splash it On, Step it Up Challenge”.

‘Splashing it on’ with Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars is a fat-free, low-calorie way for you to enhance your favorite recipes and dishes. For help with ‘stepping it up’ Nakano has a walking challenge, housed on a Facebook application, that has the image of a globe that shows just how many steps have been taken by the participants in the challenge. Use the app to track your own progress over 60 days, and stay on track with the provided healthy eating and fitness tips. Oh, and did I mention prizes?! (who doesn’t like free stuff?!) The more steps taken by those participating….the more prizes will be awarded through the Facebook app! Prizes like a 1 year free gym membership, personal training sessions or a workout bag.

If you’re like me, vinegar and oil for salad dressing is probably the way vinegar gets used most in your kitchen. I had a chance to try the Original and Roasted Garlic flavors. Each of them got a turn splashed on my salad, and I enjoyed it very much.

But I honestly didn’t really know what else to do with them, so it was a good thing the Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars came with a recipe booklet too! I made the Classic Red Potato Salad (minus the onion and cilantro) that was in the booklet. This used the Original flavor of the Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar, and it was very, very tasty.

The potato salad took was fairly quick to prep in the morning, the hot potatoes added to the rice vinegar mix in the recipe marinated in the fridge all day, and then just before dinner I added the eggs and mayo. I have to tell you, I was glad there were leftovers, because I enjoyed it again the next day!

The Roasted Garlic flavor we “splashed on” tomatoes and cucumbers. I was a little unsure if I would like it on the tomatoes because of the strong acidity of both the vinegar and the tomatoes together. But it tasted pretty good. One of the tips the recipe booklet gave was to toss it into bean salads…I think that would taste great.

One of the other recipes that I didn’t get around to making prior to writing this post that I’m very interested in making is a “Rosemary-Fennel Pork with Braised Apples”. Oh the things one can whip up with Seasoned Rice Vinegar…who knew?!

You can purchase Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars online in their e-store or check out your local grocery store shelves. You an also get a 50¢ coupon to save on your purchase on their website. Or join their Splash Recipe Club which includes recipes and blog features, and each month a subscriber has the chance to win $150!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Nakano and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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