Questions tagged [vinegar]

Vinegar is a dilution of acetic acid. Versions used in cooking include white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and rice wine vinegar.

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Can mold grow in vinegar?

I found this: The bottle has a best by date of 2022 and was opened a few months ago. Is that common that mold can grow in vinegar?
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How does a splash of vinegar help when poaching eggs?

What does splashing in a shot of white vinegar to the simmering water do when poaching an egg? Is it for taste or is it supposed to react in some way with the albumen?
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Is white vinegar the same as White Wine vinegar?

Is white vinegar, aka the stuff just labelled as "vinegar" in the US and which I use for cleaning my kettle, the same as "White wine vinegar", which I have purchased on accident a time or two? If not, ...
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Which vinegars are essential to keep on hand?

There seems to be a large variety of different vinegars called for in the various recipes I've been trying out lately. I've ended up with a cabinet full of half used bottles. That being said, which ...
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Is it safe to cook wine or vinegar in cast iron?

I want to cook a beef brisket, following a recipe that suggests baking it on a bed of onions and red wine, or red wine vinegar. I'd like to use a cast iron dutch oven, but am concerned about the ...
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Why is there vinegar in the bread recipe?

Yesterday I made bread based on a recipe I found on the flour bag. It contained both rye and wheat flour but also three tablespoons of vinegar. I've never seen it used in bread before, why is it there?...
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Little maggots on top of my home-made apple cider vinegar, is it bad?

This was my first attempt at making apple-cider-vinegar at home. I did this all following a tutorial from YouTube. I simply cut a few apples and put them in a clean jar with sugar+water. I set the lid ...
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Mold on Vinegar Batch?

About 2-3 months ago I decided to start my own batch of vinegar. I started with some Braggs apple cider vinegar which contains the mother, and I added some old wine and some fruit juice to the mix. ...
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Does olive oil and balsamic vinegar together need to be refrigerated?

Do I need to store a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the refrigerator?
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Can I use distilled white vinegar instead of white wine vinegar when making my own dressing for gifts?

I am making my own flavored vinegar for the first time and most of the recipes call fro white wine vinegar but it's hard to find and expensive. Would white distilled be okay?
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How can I tell if a balsamic vinegar is good?

I bought a bottle of balsamic vinegar, and it smells so sour when I put my nose over the bottle. Is it supposed to be like that?
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If a recipe doesn't specify the type of vinegar, is there a standard type implied?

I occasionally come across recipes that call for vinegar, but don't specify which of the many varieties they mean. (A recent example is this recipe for a corn and pepper salad, which just says "2 tbsp....
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What is the “grain” in 45 grain brown rice vinegar?

I'm completely lost as to the meaning of "grain" in 45 grain brown rice vinegar. What does the grain number mean?
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Why do some pie crust recipes include vinegar?

I experiment some with pie crusts and have seen recipes that include vinegar as well as eggs. What does the vinegar do and what does the egg do. I have heard the vinegar promotes tenderness but have ...
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What can be substituted for vinegar in sushi rice?

If you could not use rice vinegar (for reasons of food allergy, perhaps), what could you use instead in sushi rice?
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How much vinegar should I use when making Salsa?

My wife's boss makes some absolutely great salsa, so we got the recipe from her so that we could try our hand at it with our fresh garden veggies. The recipe is below: Salsa 16 cup tomatoes,...
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Why isn't my vinaigrette emulsifying properly?

I made a vinaigrette tonight. Normally, to make one, I put vinegar and oil in a mason jar and shake to mix. This usually seems to emulsify the mixture properly and it holds for a while. Tonight, I ...
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Why does white vinegar taste better when at restaurants?

Just got back from dinner, where I had some decent fish and chips with white vinegar, and a thought came to me: At restaurants, I've found the white vinegar there helps to accentuate the flavour of ...
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How do I calculate the final acidity of homemade vinegar?

I am making vinegar by mixing vinegar (containing the mother) and wine, and then allowing fermentation to occur. I am wondering how to calculate the final % acidity. Assume: I know the initial ...
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Advantages of using vinegar as a salt substitute for enhancing flavor?

I read a short blurb in Cooking for Geeks that said vinegar can be used as a substitute for salt, as a flavor enhancer, to make food less bland. I plan on experimenting, but I don't know where to ...
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What are the functions of vinegar in cooking?

I have used vinegar for flavor as a substitute for salt and noticed that it is used in salads, not sure why perhaps as preserver/flavour. But I have never realized that it could be used in much more ...
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What’s a good alternative to rice wine vinegar?

I find it difficult to source rice wine vinegar for recipes. I can usually find “rice vinegar“, “rice wine”, and “white wine vinegar”, but not specifically “rice wine vinegar”. Can I use any of the ...
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Black Rice Vinegar for Sushi

Can I use black rice vinegar for sushi rice? (Chinkiang Vinegar) What is the difference to white rice vinegar when making sushi? Should I still add sugar and salt?
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Why did my vinaigrette emulsify so quickly?

When I make salad dressing, I usually don't expect my vinaigrette to emulsify particularly well. I don't do any of the steps described in this question about vinaigrette emulsification, such as ...
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Does it make sense for a cake icing recipe to call for vinegar but not baking soda?

See the making of icing in this video. "cream cheese" frosting ingredients: 1/2 C coconut oil (solid but soft at room temperature) 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 ...
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Benefits of vinaigrette vs. pouring oil and vinegar separately on salad?

I was reading Essentials of classic Italian cooking by Marcella Hazan where I noticed she first pours a lot of olive oil to "protect the salad" from the vinegar as it prevents the acid from doing its "...
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Why roast beets in vinegar?

I have always roasted my beets in a bit of vinegar in the bottom of the pan like 1/4" or so. It is how I was taught. But why do it? What does the vinegar do for the beets?
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Vinegar Alternatives and rice combinations in making sushi rice

What are some of the alternatives in vinegar for making sushi rice? I know it's best to use rice vinegar, but has anyone ever tried it with white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for example? ...
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What is the purpose of vinegar in this lollipop recipe?

I found a recipe for lollipops. It uses 2:2:1 ratio of sugar:water:vinegar. What exactly is the role of vinegar in it? The recipe was: 10 spoons of granulated/crystalic sugar 10 spoons of ...
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Is my blue glazed crock safe to make wine vinegar in?

I have an urge to purchase a "vinegar mother" and make homemade vinegar with leftover red wine. According to what I have read, it is not a difficult process, and I have had great success with making ...
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Does accidental vinegar have a culture that I can pass along?

Background: A couple of years ago we left a half drunk bottle of Sirah on the counter and it went to vinegar. A really nice vinegar with a pleasant, mild flavor, and we've been using splash here and a ...
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Do salt or vinegar in the boiling water help peeling eggs?

In another question, a user commented I've heard some tales that vinegar helps with peeling afterwards and another one responded both are totally useless That struck me as a very good ...
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White wine vinegar in sweet and sour sauce

Can I sub white wine vinegar for white vinegar in sweet and sour sauce? Answer much appreciated!
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What is the difference in flavor between a fermented pickle and a vinegar pickle?

I'm interested in experimenting with pickling, and I'm wondering what the difference in flavor is between a classically fermented pickle and one made using vinegar. I've search online, but can't find ...
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Does vinegar increase the iron we can digest from Spinach?

I heard tale of people using vinegar to break down or concentrate the digestible iron in spinach. Is this true? If it's true, the key things to know would be: What vinegar do you use? How do you ...
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How can I make my own vinegar?

How can I turn excess wine into delicious wine vinegar at home? For those who have done it, are there any useful tips to get the best results? I do not have access to any "mother of vinegar" ...
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Sushi rice vinegar proportions

So i'm trying to make sushi rice and i know the essential component is the vinegar/sugar/salt mixture (with the optional kombu, which i don't have access to, so i omit entirely). I would like to hear ...
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Homemade Buffalo Sauce

I live in the Philippines where Frank's Hot sauce is frankly quite expensive. I'm planning to make a homemade Buffalo Wings sauce with Trappey's Hot sauce (which is cheaper) to sell in our ...
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When is homemade wine-based vinegar simply bad wine?

If I am making homemade wine-based vinegar, is there a way to tell if it's just plain soured wine? One recipe described the process as leaving the wine mixture open for a few weeks - is there a ...
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Vinegar choice for pickling

I just tried my first batch of vinegar pickles and chose what is supposedly a high-quality, accurately diluted apple cider vinegar with an acidity of 5%. I followed a very basic recipe which called to ...
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Is rice vinegar bad for my non-stick rice cooker?

I have a rice cooker with a detachable bowl with non-stick (I presume teflon) coating on the inside. It looks something like this: When cooking sticky ("sushi") rice, after the cooking is done, you ...
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Can I eat white vinegar if it has tons of deposits in it?

I have a bottle of white vinegar on which it says that the presence of deposits is normal. My problem/concern is that there are LOTS of deposits. What are they? Is there any danger associated with ...
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Cloudy white vinegar

We had some fairly new white vinegar get cloudy white strands in it. Wasn't much left in the plastic gallon bottle so we tossed it. Only thing I can figure is that it was too close to the oven and may ...
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Can red wine vinegar replace white wine vinegar?

I have a recipe for broiled swordfish steak that uses the following ingredients for the baste: olive oil, butter, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and black pepper. I only have garlic-flavored red ...
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Basil Pesto Vinaigrette - what kind of vinegar?

I have had this amazing pesto vinaigrette at a local restaurant recently, and I have been trying recreate it in my home quickly and easily. I know the best way to do it would be from scratch, but does ...
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The recipe for chess pie includes cornmeal and vinegar-why?

I am making a chess pie, and the recipe calls for vinegar and cornmeal-why? Can I leave it out?
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substituting vinegars

I have a recipe that calls for Wanjashan naturally brewed organic rice vinegar and I do not have this ingredient. Is there another vinegar I can used instead? I have white vinegar, red wine vinegar, ...
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Glass drink dispenser for vinegar long term storage?

I presently buy both White Vinegar (containing acetic acid 5%) and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in bulk, at five litres at a time. I go through the White Vinegar in about three weeks, while the ACV takes ...
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Tamago-su preparation

In tamago-su recipe, egg shell is first dissolved in vinegar. Then the membrane is broken apart and the white and yolk are poured into vinegar. But I am not sure if these should be poured into the ...
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How can I susbtitute unseasoned rice vinegar for seasoned?

I have unseasoned rice vinegar but a recipe that calls for seasoned. I assume I should add sugar and salt to substitute for seasoned vinegar, but in what proportions would mimic a typical seasoned ...