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Works For Me Wednesday: Vinegar in the Kitchen

  • When boiling or steaming cauliflower, beets or other vegetables, add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the water to help them keep their color. This will also improve their taste, and reduce gassy elements. This also works when cooking beans and bean dishes.

  • Make pasta less sticky and reduce some of its starch. Add just a dash of white distilled vinegar to the water as it cooks.

  • Remove kitchen odors that come from burnt pots or when cooking certain foods by boiling a small amount of water with 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar so that the steam circulates throughout the room.

  • Make onion odors disappear from your hands by rubbing with white distilled vinegar.

  • Add moistness and taste to any chocolate cake—homemade or from a box—with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar.

  • To keep frosting from sugaring add a drop of white distilled vinegar. It will also help keep white frosting white and shiny.

  • Make perfect, fluffy meringue by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for every 3 to 4 egg whites used.

  • Perk up any can of soup or sauce with a teaspoon of red or white wine vinegar.

  • Eliminate the greasy taste in food cooked in a deep fryer by adding a dash of white distilled vinegar.

  • If you’ve added too much salt to a recipe, add a spoonful of white distilled vinegar and sugar to try correcting the taste.

  • Keep molded gelatin desserts and salads from sagging or melting in the summer heat by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each box of gelatin used.


Michelle said...

What great uses! I'll have to start doing these.

Becca said...

Wow, that's good to know about cauliflower, beans, and pasta! My church has an annual spaghetti dinner where we always have trouble with the large amounts of pasta getting stuck in clumps--we'll be sure to add vinegar this year.

I add some vinegar (about a tablespoon) to the sink full of hot, soapy water when washing dishes. It helps to loosen grease from the dishes and helps them drip-dry without water spots.

CentsToSave said...

Good to know about the vinegar in the dish water! Vinegar is the best!

CentsToSave said...

Hi Michelle,
Let me know how it works for ya!

Lena at Frugalandthankful said...

What a great list! I clean a lot with vinegar and use for cooking. I need to try with pasta next time! Thank you!!

Daisy @ Add Vodka said...

We used to have concrete floors in our old apartment and I'd always clean the floors with vinegar. We have a small dog, so it's not as toxic as other cleaners. Plus, it's good for stripping your hair of product if you need that!