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Can mold grow in vinegar?

Normal vinegar concentration (usually around 5% acetic acid) is too acidic to grow mold in the vinegar itself. Mold can sometimes grow on the bottle or on the surface of the vinegar. It isn't ...
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Little maggots on top of my home-made apple cider vinegar, is it bad?

I wouldn't even try to salvage this. It's not worth it. The two main problems I see are: You don't have enough liquid. There should be enough water and apple juice that apples can drown in it. ...
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Does it make sense for a cake icing recipe to call for vinegar but not baking soda?

It's fine as written. Combining vinegar with baking soda (or any acid with any base) is usually done in baking to produce gas, which can lighten the finished product. This is an icing, which is ...
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How much vinegar should I use when making Salsa?

The guideline for the safe canning of tomatoes is for 2 tbsp of 5% vinegar per pint of tomatoes. If you made 16 pints then you'd need 32 tbsp of vinegar, and that is almost 2.5 cups. This isn't to ...
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can light beer be used as substitute for white wine vinegar in marinade recipe?

The answer to this is: No, beer won't substitute, but another vinegar could. The main reason here is flavour - beer tastes completely different to vinegar, and would change the flavour profile of your ...
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Why did a jar of vinegar destroy this metal lid and turn it black (see pic)?

Vinegar is an acid and acids are not stored in metal, it eats them. Some are less reactive, like stainless steel, but still not a good idea. Normally plastic is fine, that is what vinegar is often ...
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Settling Up the Dispute over Poached Egg's Definition

As far as I understand it, poaching is poaching (cooking in simmering liquid)...whether it is an egg or a portion of fish. It is the cooking process. I don't think this is debatable. While acid in ...
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Does red wine vinegar and red vinegar taste same?

Welcome to the site @User3176270. I'm not an expert in Halal but my understanding from my halal friends is that red wine vinegar is halal because the process of turning the wine into vinegar gets rid ...
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Is vinegar just vinegar - even with a different flavor

From my understanding of your previous questions you have limited space available and are looking at ways to find efficiencies in the kitchen, so maybe you are thinking "can I just have one vinegar ...
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Why did a jar of vinegar destroy this metal lid and turn it black (see pic)?

The used lid had already somewhat degraded when you put vinegar on the jar. These coated self-sealing lids are used in bottling salsa - obviously :) - jams, pickles, condiments, etc all which vary ...
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What is the best substitute for sherry vinegar?

Other than balsamic vinegar and Chingkiang vinegar, all vinegars are reasonably substitutable for each other. White wine vinegar in particular will substitute well for sherry vinegar. (So will malt ...
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What's the formula for cutting vinegar acidity?

Cut it with water. Commercial white vinegar is basically nothing but water and acetic acid. 3 units of 5% vinegar and 2 units of plain water give 5 units of 3% vinegar.
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Is there residual alcohol in various vinegars?

Yes, there is some alcohol in vinegar. Estimates of Ethanol Exposure in Children from Food not Labeled as Alcohol-Containing, Gorgus et al., Journal of Analytical Toxicology 2016 discusses a range of ...
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Vinegar choice for pickling

While you could certainly use plain white vinegar, there's not all that much difference between that and cider vinegar if "vinegar" is the taste you're objecting to. If you are canning the pickles, ...
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What type of rice vinegar is more often used in Asian dishes?

All of your example recipes seem to be written from a Western POV. That being the case, all of those recipes seem to be calling for white or light, unseasoned rice vinegar, not Chinkiang AKA Chinese ...
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What kind of oil and vinegar are used on italian subs?

It depends. At Subway sandwich shops (the fast food chain), "oil and vinegar" means a blended vegetable oil and an inexpensive red wine vinegar. That is all. Some Subway shops may have one oil bottle ...
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Preserving bread with vinegar

Yes, most varieties of vinegar (all the ones you would use for preservation, at any rate) have an acidic taste, which is imparted to the foods preserved with them. Additionally, if the vinegar has a ...
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Is lactic acid a vinegar?

The answer to this depends on the brine in question. Both vinegar and a lactic brine solution are obviously acidic, but vinegar is sold at different concentrations. If you have a lot of leftover ...
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How to release pungence out of onion for salads without cooking?

A simple way is to, upon cutting, place your chopped onions into a bowl of ice water for 10-15 minutes before tossing into your salad (sans water, of course). I find this takes the 'spicy bite' and ...
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Glass drink dispenser for vinegar long term storage?

Don't use brass– I believe the vinegar cleans it by dissolving a thin layer from the outside. It looks like the 304 stainless steel tap should work fine. If the rubber seal is the same material that ...
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Sourdough recipe with vinegar

There are several conversations about this on The Fresh Loaf, which you can search. Issues raised include (a) acetic acid used as a preservative in manufactured bread (lowering the pH), (b) yeast ...
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What vinegar was used in 1904?

Heinz started making products in the 1870's and was bottling and selling vinegar in the 1880's, so probably ordinary white vinegar or possibly malt vinegar (depending on recipe) would work well.
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vinegar pickles safety

The best advice anyone can give you is to please stop experimenting and use tested recipes. Particularly for acidified pickles, there are huge numbers of resources out there with tested recipes ...
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What defines the type of the fermentation (alcohol/lacto)?

The factors that decide what starts the party as you say are the starter and the environment. The yeast and bacteria are already present. If one of them is in the majority, then they'll get a head ...
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How to make mellow vinegar?

As Unlisted said, real balsamic is indeed matured in elaborate ways, using storage in wood. But most of the cheaper stuff you can buy is not made that way. When you buy a very tasty fruity vinegar, it ...
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Is rice vinegar bad for my non-stick rice cooker?

It should be fine. The acidity of the vinegar would be an issue if it were to come into contact and react with bare metal. Non-stick cookware is fine for, say, making tomato sauces, etc, which means ...
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How to choose a vinegar substitute if I only keep balsamic and rice vinegar?

Within the range of acidity, most vinegars will be reasonably able to substitute for each other, in terms of the foods' chemistry. That means substituting vinegars with similar levels of acid (given ...
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Why meat gets tough after soaking it in vinegar solution for more than 24 hours?

Vinegar is acidic thanks to its concentration of acetic acid. It thus has a low pH, somewhere between 2.5 and 5 depending on the type of vinegar. Acidic substances can affect the delicate amino acids ...
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Dehydrating Apple Cider Vinegar?

You might actually want to look at other methods - either alongside or instead of your current dehydration. "Commercial" Vinegar powder (where it isn't actually just the acid components) is ...
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Can vinegar be used instead of alcohol in keeping sorbet soft/scoopable?

Vinegar freezes at about -2C, so it will have a minimal effect on the freezing of ice cream; certainly not the major effect of alcohol. If you want to make a sorbet smoother without adding too much ...
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