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Five Types of Vinegar and Their Uses

Updated on June 21, 2011
Types of Vinegar and their uses.
Types of Vinegar and their uses.

Vinegar enhances the flavor of recipes and has long been used as a food preservative in the kitchen. Vinegar is also used as a condiment or seasoning in recipes and a preservative in drinks. The history of vinegar dates back to 5000 years ago when Greeks and Romans exploited its multiple uses and benefits and since then it is used as the most popular food preservative in the world. Use of vinegar is not only limited to cooking and kitchen but it has several medical benefits from relieving indigestion to purifying and revitalizing our body. Vinegar is just like having a magician in the kitchen. Interestingly, vinegar is also a kitchen remedy against bacteria and fungi and relieves headache. Vinegar comes in a variety of colors: From clear white vinegar to red wine vinegar and from brownish-yellow apple cider vinegar to chocolate malt vinegar. All types of vinegar enhance the flavor of dishes but it becomes really important to understand that which type of vinegar should be used for which recipe and taste. For recipes requiring moderate flavor, it is recommend to use apple cider vinegar while balsamic vinegar of Modena is recommended for giving extreme sweet and sour flavor to dishes, so below are five types of vinegar and their uses for your consideration:

Distilled white vinegar
Distilled white vinegar

White Distilled Vinegar

This vinegar is mostly used in the kitchen and also in the pharmaceutical industry. White distilled vinegar is produced with acetic fermentation of dilute, distilled alcohol. In kitchen, white vinegar combines very well with mackerel, bream, and even partridge.

Mixed fruit vinegar in decorative Chinese bottles.
Mixed fruit vinegar in decorative Chinese bottles.

Fruit Vinegar

This type of vinegar is made from mixed fruit by alcoholic fermentation. Fruit vinegar is made with apples, oranges, pineapples, blackberries, blueberries, and bananas but apple cider vinegar is the most commonly used vinegar which is made by alcoholic fermentation with apple juice just because it is perfect as a seasoning in all types of salads and sauces.

Balasmic vinegar, red wine vinegar, and white wine vinegar
Balasmic vinegar, red wine vinegar, and white wine vinegar

Wine Vinegar

This is a product made by alcoholic fermentation and acidification of grape juice. It is widely used in Italy and France. It is also called as red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, white wine vinegar, or balasmic vinegar of Modena.

Seasoned rice vinegar
Seasoned rice vinegar

Rice Vinegar

This type of vinegar is widely used in Asian countries where there is abundance of rice crops. Flavor of rice vinegar is mild and slightly sweet and its color varies depending on when combined with grains such as millet or wheat.

Herb flavored vinegars
Herb flavored vinegars

Herb Flavored Vinegar

This type of vinegar comes with addition of various herbs. The best-known herb flavored vinegar is the one, which includes dill or tarragon (aromatic herbs from Eurasia). Flavored vinegar can also consist of thyme, basil, and rosemary herbs. It can also be combined with sugar or honey.

Homemade vinegar
Homemade vinegar

Vinegar can be prepared at home, but it is necessary to use sterilized jars and utensils to prevent bacterial contamination. After bottling homemade vinegar, you can cover and use it for many months. You can also use any commercial vinegar as a home remedy, so above were five types of vinegar and their uses. In my upcoming hub, I will shed some light on the multiple health and medical benefits of vinegar and also talk about other types of vinegar.

Most popular apple cider vinegar
Most popular apple cider vinegar
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      Audrey Hunt 

      11 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Thanks for your informative hub about vinegar. Enjoyed it and the photos are very nice. Rated up.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's great George. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with using white vinegar for skin.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot DeBorrah.

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      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      soni2006, Wonderful hub on vinegar! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Sandy. I wish to win at least one daily prize.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice hub.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your comment dashingclaaire.

      Thanks for the voting and ratings Veronica.

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      Veronica Allen 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      I can't wait for your next hub about the benefits of vinegar. I rated this up and voted.

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      11 years ago from United States

      I buy different types of vinegars all the time to experiment with tastes. I must confess I don't use the vinegar or oils that come in those pretty decorative bottles. I just end up displaying them. Nice hub!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      11 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes psychic, vinegar is very popular since ancient times and it can be confirmed by reading latest hub of Patty Inglish, MS

      She has also mentioned about different varieties of vinegars also Indian vinegar.

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      11 years ago

      I never have taken to vinegar in a big way but after reading this hub I might have to revisit this oldest of condiments!


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