Uses of Vinegar

Kevin Mathias Nov 20, 2018
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The word vinegar is derived from French words Vin (wine) Aigre (sour); Sour Wine. It is used in things as varied as cooking, beauty treatments, cleaning sinks, kitchenettes, etc. In fact, it is said that there are over 5000 different uses of vinegar.
Vinegar is one of the oldest fermented foods made and consumed by humans. It dates back to Egypt circa 3000 B.C. It is produced by bacteria that convert fermented liquids, like wine, cider, or beer into mild acetic acid. Vinegars are of various types that include wine, apple cider, balsamic, malt, fruit, herb, cane, rice, and distilled white vinegar.
Making it at home is very similar to preparing wine. Anybody can make wine at home. But making fine wine is an art. So is it with making fine vinegars. Not everyone can do it. It is an ingredient that you will get at almost all grocery shops and malls not only in the US, but all across the world.
Many think that the only use of this substance is in cooking, marinating different types of meat and fish, and an ingredient in salads. If it comes down to the minutest of things that can be done with vinegar, it can be safely said that the figure is way over 5000. Yes. This is the versatility of this fermented food item.

Uses of Vinegar

  • Vinegar removes smoke odors from your home. They could be cooking odors, but this is very effective for cigarette and cigar smoke. To do this, place a bowl half filled with vinegar in the room. For faster results, place a lit candle in the bowl.
  • To keep your flowers fresh longer, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water.
  • While boiling eggs, add one to two tablespoons of vinegar to the water. If an egg is cracked, the white will not spill out.
  • Add a tablespoon of vinegar while poaching eggs. The whites will not spread all over and be much firmer and whiter.
  • To tenderize meat, marinate it with vinegar and spices for at least a couple of hours. Better still keep it refrigerated overnight.
  • To remove odors from your refrigerator, wipe it with a soft cloth dipped in an equal mixture of vinegar and water. Do this at least once a month.
  • Boil an equal mixture of vinegar and water in your microwave for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help loosen all splattered foodstuff and also deodorize the microwave. Remove all loose food particles and wipe clean with a soft cloth soaked in vinegar.
  • Rub palms with vinegar and wash to remove cooking odors. It is very effective if you have just cut onions.
  • When you wash and dry stainless steel, it will leave faint white marks. To get rid of these marks, wipe clean with a soft cloth dipped in mild vinegar.
  • Use it to keep kitchen drain unclogged and smelling good. Once a week pour one cup of undiluted vinegar down the drain. Let stand for an hour. Flush with water.
  • There is no better solution to unclog your steam iron. Calcium in normal water forms lime-scales, which over time will clog the holes in your steam iron, making the steam function useless.
  • In the water compartment, pour a mixture of half water and half vinegar and put the iron temperature and steam on maximum. Let the iron stand for 5 to 10 minutes. All the lime-scales will get loose. Shake iron and drain out water when iron cools down.
  • If your washing machine heater has got lime-scales deposits from water and so its heating capacity is reduced; run your machine using the heater to maximum to solve this. Mix one cup of vinegar to this water. It will loosen and remove the lime-scales.
  • You can see this when the water is drained out of the machine. After doing this, you will be surprised at how fast the water heats up. Also, your washing machine will now consume much less electricity when using the heater function.
  • For an extremely refreshing bath, add a little vinegar to your bath water.
  • Inhaling vapors of vinegar mixed in boiling water helps you get instant relief from a blocked nose and sinus problems.
  • Mix one tablespoon of vinegar (preferably apple cider) to a glass of warm water, gargle and swallow to relieve a sore throat.
Now, can you think of any ingredient in your kitchen that comes even close to the humble vinegar in terms of versatility? Mull on that!
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