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The Virtues of Vinegar
There are a few things that a kitchen cannot do without; garlic, onions, sea salt, black pepper, herbs, dry pasta, beans and rice come to mind as being the basic essentials all kitchen need.
However, there is one item not on this list that is an absolute must, why, well it is it versatility. Vinegar, is not only the principal reason to eat French fries and turn beets into something extra tasty, it is a low cost way to clean up after cooking.
I use basic white vinegar, a generic brand to do much of the household cleaning, washing floors, wiping down the stove and countertops and cleaning the toilet, for example. I use the generic white as it is the cheapest available and I can buy a large bottle for very little and it lasts for months.
For cleaning purposes I dilute the vinegar with water usually 1 part vinegar to five parts water, but it really depends upon the purpose. Stubborn stains may take a bit more and on occasion I have used just vinegar on the floor to clean a spot or two.
I keep a spray bottle handy under the sink that is a vinegar and water solution, very useful for cleaning up after myself when I am preparing meals. I like to clean as I go when cooking, keeps things neat and makes the after supper clean up all that much easier to do.
Windows, I have not mentioned windows and mirrors, vinegar and water does a good job of cleaning both these, neither of which are among my favourite chores but both need to be done, now and then. I have found vinegar to be the simplest and most effective way to do both.
I have often said that the main reason for French fries is as a reason to use vinegar, without vinegar fries just do not taste right.
Salads demand a dressing and vinegar is an important ingredient in a number of salad dressing recipes; there are times when all I use on a green salad is a tablespoon of vinegar, a dash of olive oil and some sea salt and black pepper.
Sliced cucumbers served with vinegar and black pepper is also a good appetizer especially on hot summer days.
The many uses of vinegar make it an absolute must for anyone who wants to keep their expenses down and still make tasty meals and keep their home clean.
- Cleaning with Vinegar
The benefits and best tips for cleaning with vinegar are described for many household items including coffee makers, kitchen counters, copper pennies, drains, floors, and windows.
- Vinegar Tips
From cooking and cleaning with vinegar, to gardening and home remedies, white distilled vinegar is one of the most versatileand economicalproducts you can have on hand. So go ahead, take a poke around and discover a new way to put that bottle of vi