White Distilled Vinegar: a Favorite Ingredient to Keep Handy.
I use White Distilled Vinegar alone and combined with other common household ingredients, such as Baking Soda, to create what I call Green Cleaners. They do just as good a job as the harsh chemical cleaners the supermarkets sell, and I don’t have to be concerned about dumping toxins down the drain.
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But besides being great for cleaning, there are lots of great ways to use distilled vinegar in the kitchen too.
Here are Some Handy Vinegar Usage Tips for the Kitchen:
Vegetables: Those slightly wilted vegetables can be livened up again by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.
Rice: Your rice will come out white and fluffy if you add a tsp. of vinegar to the boiling water.
Cabbage: Adding vinegar to the cooking water of boiling cabbage helps prevent the smell from permeating the house.
Fish: Do you love cooking fish, but not the smell? Reduce fishy odors by rubbing the fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.
Onion Odors: Speaking of odors, after chopping up onions, you can quickly remove the odor from your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.
Eggs: When hard-boiling eggs, adding a tsp. of vinegar to the water produces a better-formed egg white.
Cheese: I haven’t personally tried this one, but I think it might be good for extremely dry, hard cheeses. Keep cheese moist and fresh by wrapping it in cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in an air-tight wrap or container.
Pickling: I prefer Distilled White Vinegar for pickling. Although Apple Cider Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar and Balsamic Vinegars are good for pickling, they may discolor lighter-colored pickles, or veggies, such as onions or cauliflowers.
Flowers: You know those little packets that come with flowers, to keep them looking great longer? You can give your own fresh cut flowers that same advantage. Simply add 2 TB of vinegar plus 3 tsp. of sugar to a quart of warm water (100 degrees) to keep them blooming longer.