Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vinegar

If you haven't fallen in love with vinegar yet, I'm on a mission to make it happen. It's one of those things that most of us have in the house all the time. It's one of those things that our grandmothers probably used a lot more than we do. And it's one of those things we should use far more often than we do.

It has so many versatile uses that there is no way I could list them all here. There are full websites devoted to it. Seriously.

My personal favorites uses are these:

- Making buttermilk. If you have a recipe that calls for buttermilk, but don't want to run to the store, add a little vinegar to the desired amount of milk and let it sit for a few minutes. Voila. Buttermilk.

- Tenderizing meat. Add a little to a marinade, make that cheaper cut of meat seem pricey.

- Get the onion smell off your hands, just sprinkle with a little vinegar, rub, and wash.

- To make peeling hard boiled eggs easier, add a tbsp or two to the water before cooking.

- Make a scouring cleanser with vinegar and baking soda (one of my other favorites).

- Clean the inside of the coffee maker by running vinegar through it, then clear water.

- Remove lingering bad odors by placing a bowl of vinegar after you clean up the offending mess. Let it sit overnight.

There are more, lots more. One of the best websites for tips is this one:

http://www.vinegartips.com/Scripts/

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