4 Clever Uses for Distilled White Vinegar

This neutral-tasting vinegar made from distilled alcohol is an inexpensive miracle worker, handy for cooking and cleaning, thanks to its high acidity.

1

Neater Eggs

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Add a couple of tablespoons to the boiling or poaching water to help the whites set more quickly. If a shell cracks when you’re boiling whole eggs, the vinegar will help the white to set and keep it from oozing. It also prevents poached eggs from fraying.

2

No-Stick Pasta

Sure, stirring during boiling keeps a giant mass from forming. But the noodles are still sticky after draining. (Alkaline water is to blame.) A tablespoon of white vinegar neutralizes the water and reduces starchiness. Try adding some to the boiling water for fluffier white rice, too.

3

Flavor Fixer

There’s no magical cure for overly sweet or salty food. But a dash of vinegar will highlight individual components of a sauce, a soup, or a braise, tricking your taste buds into ignoring an overall off flavor.



4

Produce Cleaner

Many store-bought produce cleaners are expensive and contain chemicals. Instead, fill a spray bottle with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar. Spritz fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly with water to remove 98 percent of surface bacteria.