Monday, 21 October 2013

Vinegar Whore

I admit it. I have a problem. My name is Spidergrrl and I am a Vinegar Whore. My pantry cannot cope with my ever evolving range of vinegars. I cannot be content with just one or two. Oh no. At present count I have seven. I had eight, but I finished off the last of the (rather expensive) fig vinegar last month. It was heavenly.

 

Here is a picture of my vinegar hoard. There are the basics, apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar. There are the more speciality ones--sherry vinegar (bought recently for the Copycat M&S meal), rice vinegar (for Asian meals) and balsamic vinegar. There’s also a wee bottle of malt vinegar for when we have chips. Mmmm….salt and vinegar chips.

 
I used to buy a different kind of rice vinegar from Sainsbury, but they stopped carrying it so I had to look elsewhere. Waitrose had no less than six different kinds of rice vinegar--ones they were light, ones that were more acidic, ones that were dark and woodsy tasting. I was tempted to buy them all but our tiny, already overstuffed pantry would collapse in protest. 

 Maybe next time.

 
I really do use them all for different things--sweet and savoury. I use a Tablespoon of vinegar (balsamic for brownies and apple cider vinegar for blondies, Duck Flaps and Shut-Ups) in all my bar recipes to activate the baking powder.

 
I don’t feel I could do without any of them. You never know when you might be a vinegar shortage. There was a point when we both kept seeing apple cider vinegar on sale and impulsively picking it up. So we now have a standard joke about trying to add apple cider vinegar to every shopping list.

 
Just in case.

 Are you a vinegar fan? Are there any kinds I am missing that I need to try?

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