When most people think of vinegar, they tend to imagine the kind they will put on their fries. Most people also know they can use that same vinegar for turning small cucumbers into pickles. Beyond these uses, however, things get a little more complicated. Many people are not even aware of the sheer number of different types of vinegar there are on store shelves! To that end, here are four of the most popular types of vinegar available, including some of their most popular uses.
In addition to its culinary uses in making ketchup, many commercial salad dressings, and a common condiment for French fries in some countries, white vinegar has a number of different uses in your home. For instance, it is great at removing calcium buildup. If your kettle is getting a film on the inside, simply pour in some white vinegar (you can dilute it slightly with water) and set it to boil. Just remember to rinse it out and boil at least one round of pure water in it before you actually make hot water to drink in tea, coffee, et cetera.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a mellow taste, which makes it a good addition to many different recipes and sauces. It also tops many lists of natural medicinal remedies for things like reducing GI distress, lowering inflammation, and some reports even suggest it helps manage diabetes. Apple cider vinegar is also extremely popular when it comes to natural cleaning solutions.
Like apple cider vinegar (and most other types), rice vinegar makes a good addition to your cleaning regime. All you need to do is dilute it with some water to clean counters, wash the floors, et cetera. In addition, rice vinegar is very popular in Asian recipes, including stir-fries, and as a part of Asian salad dressing (e.g. for a cucumber and sesame salad).
It is also an excellent choice for sprinkling over vegetable side dishes or as part of a dressing for fruit salad, since its subtle flavour does not compromise (and in fact, enhances) the flavour of the fruit and does not leave a salty aftertaste.
Red Wine Vinegar
Red wine vinegar, as a result of its acidity, makes a good addition to many recipes, including making salad dressings and marinades for fish, meat, and vegetables. The smooth taste excites most taste buds. While you would not use this vinegar for cleaning your home more than the others (there are better options), it does have quite a few health benefits, including managing your appetite, controlling diabetes, and providing you with more antioxidants.