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Uses & Tips

Food Preparation

Getting the Last Drops

When you can’t get the last bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out of the jar, try dribbling a little of your favorite vinegar into it, put the cap on tightly and shake well. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ve been wasting.

Cooking Fish

Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking it. It will be sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. When boiling or poaching fish, a tablespoon of vinegar added to the water will keep it from crumbling so easily.

Cake Icing

Cake icing can be prevented from becoming sugary if a little vinegar is added to the ingredients before cooking. The same is true when making homemade candy.

Boiling Eggs

When boiling an egg and it’s cracked, a little vinegar in the water will keep the white from running out.

Keeping Potatoes White

A teaspoon of white distilled or cider vinegar added to the water in which you boil potatoes will keep them nice and white. You can keep peeled potatoes from turning dark by covering them with water and adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar.

Freshen Vegetables

Freshen up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar to 1 pint water and use to wash fresh fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly.  Research has shown that vinegar helps kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables.

Frying Doughnuts

Before frying doughnuts, add ½ teaspoon of vinegar to hot oil to prevent doughnuts soaking up extra grease.  Use caution when adding the vinegar to the hot oil.

Flavor Booster

Perk up a can of soup, gravy or sauce with a teaspoon of your favorite specialty vinegar. It adds flavor and tastes fresher.

Meat Tenderizer

As a tenderizer for tough meat or game, make a marinade in the proportion of 1/2 a cup of your favorite vinegar to 1 cup of heated liquid, such as bouillon.  Or for steak, you may prefer a mix of vinegar and oil, rubbed in well and allowed to stand for two hours.

Fruit Stains

Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands by cleaning them with vinegar.

Fresh Lunch Box

It is easy to take out the heavy stale smell often found in lunch boxes. Dampen a piece of fresh bread with white distilled vinegar and leave it in the lunch box overnight.

Get Rid of Cooking Smells

Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.

Fluffy Egg Whites

Soak a paper towel with 1-2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar.  Wipe mixing bowl and beaters or whisk with the vinegar-soaked paper towel, then dry with a cloth or paper towel prior to whipping egg whites.

Fluffier Rice

For fluffier and great tasting rice, add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the boiling water before adding rice.  Rice will be easier to spoon and less sticky.