A Quick Guide to Vinegars & How to Use Them
Are you using these common household vinegars the right way?
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What is vinegar anyways?
Vinegar is a tart, acidic liquid that occurs through fermentation of ethanol or sugars by acetic acid bacteria. Acetic acid gives vinegar it's strong, tart taste. Essentially you can make vinegar out of just about anything that contains ethanol or natural sugars. There are many varieties out there but only a handful of commonly used vinegars in home cooking.
Eating vinegar is actually quite good for you, and its acidic nature can even cut down the fats in other foods. It can range from very strong to mild in taste and helps balance out the flavors in almost any meal. Some vinegars also make for great natural cleaning products that you can use around the house, making them a truly useful kitchen staple.
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Chef Tips and Tricks
Let your artistic side out with these easy Pollock-inspired smashed potatoes!
- Boil the desired amount of small potatoes until tender.
- Spread on a lined baking tray, flatten slightly using a cup or jar. Don't over-flatten them!
- Sprinkle liberally with shredded cheese and Parmesan.
- Top with bacon slices approximately the same size as the potatoes.
- Drizzle liberally with balsamic vinegar.
- Place in oven, under the grill for 15 min at 375°F until the cheese is melted and the bacon is crispy.