The different types of vinegar

There are quite a few types of vinegar on the market and most people do not know which vinegar to purchase. Hopefully you find the following vinegar information helpful.

Vinegar is a great calorie way to add flavor to your meals

Apple cider: Adds a tart, slightly fruit flavor. Really great for salad dressings, marinades, and chutneys. Great to keep on hand. May slightly discolor vegetables.

Homemade apple cider vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. agave
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. shallots (diced)

Combine first 6 ingredients, whisk together. Slowly add the oil and whisk as you pour the oil into the vinegar ingredients. Lastly, mix in shallots.

Red and white wine: Red wine is a great way to marinate beef or pork, white wine is great for chicken and fish. Great for making salsas, vinaigrettes and sauces.

Balsamic: Sweet and sour flavor. Compliments salty food, such as, feta or parmesan cheese. Great with sweet foods, such as, strawberries and blackberries. Makes a great dressing for dark leafy greens.

Mustard balsamic marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika

Combine all ingredients, use as a marinade.

Coconut: sharp flavor and slightly yeasty flavor. Used in Thai and Indian cooking for marinades and sauces.

Malt: Very strong in flavor, slightly lemony. Great for pickling.

White: Strong and tangy flavor, commonly used for pickling. Also, used as a cleaning agent. Does not work well for cooking.

Ume Plum: Used in Japanese cooking, salty and fruity flavor. Best used in salad dressings and dipping sauces.

Chili Plum Sauce: 

  • 1 1/2 cups plum sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Thai style chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce or liquid amino acids

Whisk together until blended. Makes about 4 cups.

Rice: Asian cooking staple. Light flavor, perfect for salads, or on sushi. Read the label carefully, some may have high sugar content.

vinegar variety

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