The Virtues and Varieties of Vinegar


Vinegar is acetic acid in chemistry terms, a liquid produced from the fermentation of ethanol. Praised for its nutritive value, vinegar is used as a preservative and also in cooking, given its virtues of protecting the body against tumours and cholesterol. Its taste can provide satiety to any meal. Cuisines all around the world tap the potential of different vinegars– from apple cider vinegar to balsamic vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is mild and an inexpensive one. It is a good choice for marinating fish. It is also good for making flavoured vinegars and is the best for condiment. This variant of vinegar adds a subtle and tart fruity flavour to your cooking. Contrary to this, Balsamic vinegar is one of the expensive variants and is aged for an extended period of time. They are used to drizzle over cheese and greens and work well as a garnish. It can be used for light-colored salad dressing.

Speaking about wine vinegars, red and white wine vinegars are everyday vinegars. They are good for marinades. For heartier flavours and foods like beef, pork and vegetables, go for red wine vinegar. Red wine vinegar is flavoured with natural raspberry flavouring. White wine vinegar is good for chicken and fish dishes. This light-colored vinegar is good for dressing foods like pale greens, chicken and fish.

The mildest of all with less acidity is rice vinegar which can be used extensively in Asian and Chinese cooking. Made from sugars found in rice, its flavour is a combination of sweet and tart. It can be sprinkled in stir-fried dishes. The red rice variant of rice vinegar is good for soups and noodle dishes. The black rice vinegar works as a dipping sauce and in braised dishes.

Malt vinegar is inexpensive as compared to other variants. It is best used for pickling and as an accompaniment to fish and chips. The malt variant of vinegar is used as the basic type of cooking vinegar in Britain and makes for a great gastrique.

Get an understanding of the distinct personalities of different kinds of vinegar and add a splash of them to brighten the flavours of almost any dish.

Shagufta Patel

With an academic background in Marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach and a NLP practitioner with a penchant for writing. She intends to add value as part of the marketing team at ICCA and grow through new experiences. As passionate about food as she is about people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing that holds common for nations and its folks, is that everyone loves a hearty meal prepared with love and care. Food according to her is the melting pot where all differences just vaporise and she is happy to be part of a culinary potpourri.

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