White vinegar is clear vinegar made from oxidized distilled alcohol like white wine, gin, or vodka. It can also be made by preparing a solution of 5%% to 8%% acetic acid in water.
White vinegar can be used for cooking or as a salad dressing. Some also use it as an eco-friendly alternative to chemical cleaning substances.
White vinegar is a colorless liquid. Its viscosity is similar to that of water.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Used to make pickles, deglaze pans, marinate meats, and add tang to vinaigrettes, sauces, and even desserts.
White vinegar can be used when poaching eggs to keep whites firmed, or it can be added to water when boiling eggs to keep the shells from cracking. It can also be added to meringues to help keep them firm and fluffy.
It can be used to preserve pimentos and olives, as well as to reduce the starch content of pasta.
Conserving and Storing
Unopened, most vinegars will last for about two years in a cool, dark pantry. Once opened, vinegar should be used within three to six months.