SIX Ways to Use Vinegar with Your Food

It gets rid of mold, it’s good for cleaning windows and it makes amazing “volcano” science fair projects when combined with baking soda.

But did you know that vinegar can be used in your kitchen too?

Here are six quick ways you can use vinegar in the kitchen and around:

ONE: As a Simple Salad Dressings

* Classic Salad – mix together: Balsamic Vinegar (just a dash), Olive Oil, Lemon Juice

* Wakame (Seaweed) Salad Dressing – mix together: Rice Vinegar, Sugar, Sesame Oil

TWO: As a Condiment

* Over French Fries instead of ketchup (Try it! Not as weird as you would expect)

* Mix with ketchup to reduce sugar consumption (for fries, sandwiches, fish sticks, crabs)

* With cooked beets

THREE: As a Pickler

* Make homemade pickles (cucumbers, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots) using a simple solution of vinegar and sugar.  Not low in sugar, but contains no salt.

FOUR: For flavor in cooking

* A southern tradition, vinegar is used in cooking collard greens, green beans, dry beans or cabbage.

* Add balsamic vinegar to any tomato-based pasta sauce – it will reduce with cooking and add a rich flavor.

* Try a sprinkle (and we do mean sprinkle) of balsamic vinegar with olive oil (+ herbs, + garlic) on top of your baked vegetables (before baking).

FIVE: As a Substitute for Veggie Wash

* Soak organic leafy greens or herbs in a light vinegar & water solution for a dirt-free salad.

SIX: To Keep Herbs & Garden Greens Bug-Free

* Spray herb gardens and garden greens with vinegar water mix for a non-toxic bug repellant.

How do you use vinegar? Which kind do you prefer?

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  • Alina Zeleznova

    Why distilled white vinegar? Very processed.  Why not raw apple-cider vinegar, or any other raw vinegar with all the good stuff in it.  I’d use white vinegar for cleaning purposes, BUT NOT TO PUT IN MY BODY!

    • FrugalArugula

      Agreed. You do not cook with white vinegar…

      • Jim Cooper

        Processed? Nonsense! It is *distilled*. That means PURIFIED. It is used in cooking whenever you want the sourness to be a little sharper than the smooth flavor of cider vinegar.

  • Globurban

    I add some to regular milk to substitute for buttermilk when baking.

  • Joanne P.

    This is interesting and potentially useful, but some specific measurements would be more helpful. For example, for the classic salad dressing, how much olive oil and lemon juice to go with that dash of balsamic? Perhaps some links to specific recipes &/or techniques? Thanks!

  • Natasha

    My mom makes cookies using vinegar and they are divine.

  • Jim Cooper

    You left out sweet and sour dishes, where vinegar is integral and delicious.

  • Knowfoodnow

    Food, medicine, cleaning supply and beauty aid, the uses of vinegar are myriad. Made in the USA from grain and water, you can still buy a quatr for less than $2.00. One of the best places to find useful tips for this cheap natural ingredient is the Heinz site. They have a 50 cent off coupon to get your started using vinegar and saving money.

  • Ruth Almon

    James Beard gives the following measurements:
    1 tsp. course salt1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. wine vinegar6 tablespoons olive oil
    You can use that to start, but play with it. If you use lemon juice, you’ll need less vinegar. Or if you add some dijon mustard, that too may change the balance.

    I usually just pour freehand, mix, then dunk a piece of lettuce in and taste. Not vinegary enough? Add vinegar. Too tart? Add oil. You can’t go wrong.

    You can mix up a big batch and store it (not in the fridge) so don’t have to worry about making too much.

  • Melinda

    I absolutely love a little balsamic vinegar drizzled over strawberries.

  • Jim Schmidt

    You have it listed for a veggie wash. Might I suggest a 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to wash your cantaloupe. You can then follow up with a regular wash. This will reduce pathogenic bacteria a lot more than just a water wash.

  • Jim Cooper

    According to Prof Jeff Gillman of the University of Minnesota, in his book The Truth About Garden Remedies, vinegar has some effect against powdery mildew and black spot on roses, but there are better choices.
    It was one of the weaker solutions tried, and it also can damage plants.

    Thus, it also can work as an herbicide, but it is pretty harsh. There is no evidence that it works as an insecticide.