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#1 Mon 21 Jul 08 2:29pm

cupcakes

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What's white vinegar?

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#2 Mon 21 Jul 08 2:35pm

Tara

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Re: What's white vinegar?

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Wine vinegar is made from red or white wine, and is the most commonly used vinegar in Mediterranean countries and Central Europe. As with wine, there is a considerable range in quality. Better quality wine vinegars are matured in wood for up to two years and exhibit a complex, mellow flavor. Wine vinegar tends to have a lower acidity than that of white or cider vinegars. There are more expensive wine vinegars made from individual varieties of wine, such as Champagne, Sherry, or pinot grigio.

I got this info above from wikipedia, hope it helps.  It can be found along side other vinegars in most supermakets these days.

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#3 Mon 21 Jul 08 2:49pm

Tanya

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Re: What's white vinegar?

WHITE VINEGAR = distilled vinegar = distilled white vinegar = white distilled vinegar Notes: This cheap vinegar gets all the mundane jobs, like making pickles, cleaning out coffee pots, and washing windows. Distilled from ethyl alcohol, it's a bit too harsh for most recipes, but it does a great job with pickles. Be careful if you're substituting another vinegar in a pickle recipe--to adequately preserve, vinegar should have an acidity level of at least 5%.

Information obtained from The Cook's Thesaurus.

It's the vinegar used by Chippies.

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#4 Mon 21 Jul 08 4:25pm

cupcakes

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Re: What's white vinegar?

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#5 Tue 22 Jul 08 6:38pm

GeoffP

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Re: What's white vinegar?

Tanya has it almost right - "white vinegar" is distilled vinegar - sometimes knwn as spirit vinegar. It is distilled from malt vinegar and is the same price as malt vinegar.. Distilled vinegar is normally slightly "stronger" than pure malt vinegar - typically 6% as against malt vinegars 5% - which is why it is used for pickling.

Chippies don't use white vinegar - they generally use "non-brewed condiment" - which is a cheap imitation of malt vinegar, made from acetic acid, water and caramel, and much cheaper than real vinegar.

Strictly, malt vinegar isn't really vinegar at all, but is actually "alegar" - as its brewed from ale rather than wine.

After my 60th Birthday party, we had a couple of gallons of ale left over (it was a good do smile) - I turned that into vinegar/alegar and have only just run out of it, two years on. Used it for pickles, chutneys, and sprinkled on my chips :-)

As well as being useful for pickling, distilled vinegar makes a good cleaning agent - cuts straight through grease and leaves windows sparkling (try cleaning your windows with distilled vinegar and newspaper - better than any commercial product smile

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