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5 Uses for Vinegar in the Kitchen

vinegarVinegar is more than just a salad dressing. It is incredibly versatile and can be used for a wide variety of applications from vinaigrette to all purpose household cleaners.

In response to several questions I’ve received over the past few months, I wanted to share a few of the more interesting uses for vinegar that I have come across. It is great for cooking and for cleaning, and not too many kitchen items can boast that.

So without any further ado, here are five of my favorite time and money-saving ways to use vinegar in the kitchen. I hope you find them useful!

1.  Metal Cleaner
Dissolve a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of distilled vinegar for a quick and easy cleaner that works on brass, copper and pewter.

2.  Emergency Buttermilk
Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk, stir, and wait 5-10 minutes for it to thicken. Voila! You have instant buttermilk that can be used in any recipe as a substitute for the real thing.

3.  Fluffier Rice
Want to make your rice lighter and fluffier?  Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water when it boils and continue cooking as per directions.

4.  Eggs
A tablespoon of vinegar added to boiling water will help poached eggs keep their shape and it will help keep boiled eggs together.

5.  Meat Tenderizer
Marinating meat in vinegar overnight before cooking can help make even the toughest cuts of meat fork tender and flavorful.

What is your favorite use for vinegar in the kitchen? Tell us in the comments below.

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