21 surprising uses for vinegar in the kitchen

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21 surprising uses for vinegar in the kitchen

Vinegar has no substitute. What other pantry staple cleans your floors, spices up a salad, and softens kitchen towels? But wait, there’s more. Check out these new ways to take advantage of vinegar’s versatility.

  • Wrap cheese in cheesecloth or a paper towel that’s been dipped in vinegar and drained. Place in a zipper bag. It will keep mold away for longer without affecting taste.
  • Wipe mixing bowls and beaters with white vinegar before whipping egg whites to remove leftover oil or grease.
  • Add vinegar to the water when cooking stinky veggies like cabbage and cauliflower to keep odors at bay.
  • Out of buttermilk? Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a one-cup measure, then fill the rest with regular milk.
  • Get rid of pesky fruit flies with apple cider vinegar. Set out cups of vinegar on countertops. Or pour vinegar into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Punch holes into the plastic with a needle. Flies dive in, but can’t get back out.
  • Poach an egg in the microwave by cracking it in a safe dish, adding 1/3 cup of water and a teaspoon of vinegar, and cooking for a minute at 80 percent power. Continue cooking for 20 seconds at a time until it reaches poached perfection. Vinegar helps egg whites set quickly.
  • Make frozen vinegar cubes and toss into a stinky garbage disposal to crush bacteria.
  • Prevent sticky pasta by adding 2 teaspoons vinegar to 4 quarts water before cooking.
  • Replace salt with 1/8 teaspoon vinegar in stews, soups, and sauces to tone down bitter flavors and add zest.
  • Freshen up kitchen sponges and dishrags overnight by tossing them in a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar and just enough water to cover them.
  • Clean the sharp edge of a rusty knife or cutting shears by pouring white vinegar over the blade and rubbing with coarse salt using a cork. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
  • Brighten stainless steel cutlery and appliances by wiping with a cloth moistened with vinegar.
  • Make a scented kitchen cleaner by adding rosemary sprigs and three lemon rinds to a solution that’s equal parts water and vinegar. Avoid using on marble or granite countertops and hardwood floors.
  • Sweeten your kitchen’s scent by boiling water and vinegar with cinnamon and orange peels.
  • Perk up wilted greens in 2 cups cold water and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.
  • Wipe away cutting-board stains caused by beets or cherries with distilled white vinegar. Just blot with a sponge, scrub, and rinse with water.
  • Pour vinegar over frozen meat to tenderize it and make it thaw quicker.
  • De-gunk food particles in your microwave by bringing 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup water to a boil. Gets rid of funky odors, too.
  • Bake the flakiest pie crust ever by adding a tablespoon of chilled apple cider vinegar to your dough. Apple pie never tasted so good!
  • Take the “stank” out of your lunch bag or cooler. Rinse the inside with a water and vinegar solution. If that doesn’t do it, soak a towel in vinegar and place it inside overnight.
  • Soak plastic ice cube trays in undiluted vinegar for four to five hours to remove hard water spots and disinfect. Rinse with cold water and dry thoroughly.

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  • FC&A Staff Writer