Cooks use vinegar to make pickles, deglaze pans, marinate meats, and add tang to vinaigrettes, sauces, and even desserts. Vinegars are made by adding a bacteria called Acetobacter aceti to diluted wine, ale, or fermented fruits or grains. This creates acetic acid, which gives the liquid a sour flavor. Unopened, most vinegars will last for …

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Kitchen disinfectant: 2 spray bottles, 1 with distilled white vinegar, 1 with hydrogen peroxide. Spray both on surface, leave for a minute, wipe and let dry. No nasty polluting chemicals.

Fried eggs

After making eggs sunny-side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar, then drizzle the sauce on the eggs to add another dimension to the dish.Didier Elena – New York City


Keep flavoured vinegars near the stove so you won’t always reach for the salt. Acid enhances flavor.Art Smith – Table Fifty-Two, Chicago; Art and Soul, Washington, D.C.