What can I do with a bottle of white wine vinegar?

1. Don’t buy cheap vinegar

“If you’re buying anything over 16 ounces that costs under $5, use it to clean your windows, not on food,” Landau says. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune, either—he’s noticed diminishing returns on bottles $25 and up. Something in the mid range is good (try: Antica Italia Aged Balsamic Vinegar, $15, Amazon).

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White Grape Juice

Keep that white grape flavor in your recipe by using white grape juice in place of the white wine. It will be quite a bit sweeter than the wine, so you will need to add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to balance the flavor. Use caution when using this option in savory or salty recipes.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

The darling of the health food world, apple cider

The darling of the health food world, apple cider vinegar is purported to have many health benefits apart from its cooking uses. Its laid-back tartness and fruit notes make it a versatile cooking tool since it won’t overpower most things and dressings. It compliments recipes with fruit, coleslaw and barbecue sauce.

French Potato Salad with White Wine and Tarragon

A Dijon vinaigrette puts a lighter, brighter spin on potato salad, elevating it a step above your standard picnic fare. The fruity, dry character of Côtes du Rhône Rose balances the intense…

Mop the floors

Who says you need a special cleanser to mop the floors? Combine an equal amount of vinegar and water to minimize the overpowering acid in vinegar. Ta-da, you have a fabulous ready-to-go floor cleaner. Mop the floor and you'll notice how easily and quickly it cuts through dirt and grease.

Ginger Ale

This may seem like an odd suggestion, but ginger ale has that same sort of dry, sweet taste as white wine, so it works nicely. Replace in a recipe calling for sweet white wine with an equal amount of ginger ale.

Vinegar Cole Slaw

There’s no reason to limit this slaw to summer burger and hot dog toppings. Try it with pork chops or as an accompaniment with chicken cutlets. The ingredient list is…

Wipe down the countertop

Want an easy and quick method for getting the counter sparkling clean? You can spray vinegar directly onto the surface or dab a little onto a clean cloth or rag and wipe down.

Note: Do not use vinegar on marble or granite countertops.

Nutrition Facts

White vinegar is very low in calories and contains a small amount of a few select micronutrients. In particular, each serving of white vinegar contains a bit of manganese, selenium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

One cup of white distilled vinegar provides the following nutrients:

  • 43 calories
  • 0.1 grams carbohydrate
  • 0 grams protein
  • 0 grams fat
  • 0.1 milligrams manganese (7 percent DV)
  • 1.2 micrograms selenium (2 percent DV)
  • 14.3 milligrams calcium (1 percent DV)
  • 2.4 milligrams magnesium (1 percent DV)
  • 9.5 milligrams phosphorus (1 percent DV)

In addition to the nutrients above, vinegar also contains some copper, potassium and sodium.

5. Replace them regularly

People tend not to think of vinegar, which is aged to begin with, as having an expiration date, but like spices and dried herbs, they tend to lose their oomph after  about six months. But that just gives you a chance to experiment with new varieties. Some more to check out: golden balsamic, which has a lighter, sweeter tang than the dark stuff, and black vinegar, a Hong Kong condiment that is enhanced with dried fruit and has an almost sweet and sour effect.

Nutritional Benefits

Vinegar has been linked to controlling blood sugar spikes, increasing “good” HDL cholesterol levels and aiding in weight loss. Vinegar, being inherently gluten and soy-free, are suitable for special diets like Whole 30, Paleo or soy allergies as they can lend acid and astringency to recipes without any health risks. The only two that aren’t good for gluten-free diets are malt vinegar which is derived from barley, and white distilled vinegar which contains trace amounts of gluten.

White Wine Vinegar: Product Reviews

Now that you’re familiar with the best uses for white wine vinegar, you’re ready to start reaping the benefits of this versatile product. Here’s the rundown on three of the most popular brands on the current market.

Colavita Prosecco White Wine Vinegar

white wine vinegarColavita distills its premier white wine vinegar using Prosecco, made with grapes from the Valdobbiadene region. The finished product has an acidity level of 6 percent, with a flavor profile that errs on the sweet side. It’s best suited for use on steamed or roasted vegetables, or as a dressing for salads made with chicken or fish.

Pros:

  • Available in a generous quantity (17-ounce bottle)
  • Affordable price point
  • Well-balanced flavor
  • Distilled from premium wine
  • Attractive packaging makes for an appealing gift option

Cons:

  • Relatively high acidity for a white wine vinegar
  • Contains sulfites—problematic for those with allergies or sensitivities
  • Usually available for purchase in two-bottle packs, which may give you an unwanted surplus

Giuseppe Giusti – Italian White Wine Vinegar

Giuseppe Giusti’s Italian White Wine vinegarThe Giusti brand, operating out of Modena, Italy, has been a leading producer of fine vinegars since the early 17th century. This makes them the longest-operating vinegar distillery in the world—a particularly impressive distinction, considering that the Modena region is renowned for its vinegar production.

Giuseppe Giusti’s Italian White Wine vinegar is aged in barrels made from French oak and ash, then neatly packaged in 8.45-ounce bottles. Distilled from wine made from Trebbiano grapes, it has a sweet, floral flavor, highlighted with notes of citrus. The must is included in the barrels during the distillation process, giving the finished product a rich, full taste. This vinegar has a relatively low acidity level, making it a lovely companion for seafood dishes.

I’ve had especially good luck when using it as a base for a salad dressing, particularly when the salad is topped with grilled salmon or shrimp. Giusti’s Italian White Wine vinegar is IGP certified, meaning that every bottle was produced in Modena (the “IGP” refers to “protected geographical indication”). Though this vinegar carries a hefty price tag, it can be used sparingly, which helps to justify the higher cost.

Pros:

  • Excellent flavor, with subtle hints of citrus
  • Comes from the world’s oldest vinegar production facility
  • IGP certified
  • Low acidity
  • Eye-catching bottle and label design

Cons:

  • Relatively high price point
  • Low viscosity makes it difficult to reduce
  • Bottle is on the small side, making it necessary to restock frequently

Mantova Italian White Wine Vinegar

Mantova Italian White Wine VinegarAs white wine vinegars go, Mantova Italian White Wine Vinegar is one of the most generic, although it does hail from an Italian company that’s been in business for more than 25 years. Mantova uses only locally sourced ingredients in the production of its vinegars, enlisting wooden casks for the distillation process. The result is a smooth, slightly sour vinegar that can be used in a variety of dishes.

With 6 percent acidity, this vinegar is a good candidate if you’re planning on using it to can fruits and vegetables, although it also adds a surprisingly complex dimension to sautéed mushrooms. Finally, if you like to buy your vinegar in bulk, then Mantova could be an appealing choice. Their 17-ounce bottles can be purchased in packs of four, giving you a healthy supply at a reasonable price.

Pros:

  • Available in bulk
  • Great value
  • Suitable for use in canning
  • Can be used in cleaning applications

Cons:

  • High acidity for a white wine vinegar
  • Flavor profile is not as subtle as some of the competition
  • Banal package design

Household Uses

Vinegar possesses powerful antimicrobial properties, making it a convenient, affordable and versatile option as a natural disinfectant and household cleaner. You can use white vinegar for cleaning nearly any surface, including countertops, floors, windows and mirrors. Be sure to always dilute vinegar with some water before using as a household cleaning product.

Many people also wonder: does white vinegar kill mold? Not only can vinegar help remove mold, but it can also prevent it as well. Add undiluted vinegar to a spray bottle and spray any moldy areas. Let it sit for at least an hour and remember to wear a mask and gloves for your protection.

Vinegar can even be used to clean grease and grime from the dishwasher. Simply place a cup of vinegar in the top rack in a dishwasher-safe container and run through a hot water cycle. You can also use this method to combat hard water stains caused by the dishwasher as well.

Vinegar is also useful for removing weeds from your garden. It can be used alone or mixed with salt and dish soap to maximize its effectiveness.

FAQS

What is white wine vinegar? What is it used for?

White wine vinegar, like all vinegars, is made through the process of fermentation. When white wine is fermented a second time, strained, and then bottled it neutralizes the alcoholic components of the vinegar and replaces them with a mild acetic acid. This leads to a tangy and zingy taste that is an essential component of salad dressings, meat and poultry tenderization, and marinades – to name just a few applications.

What is a substitute for white wine vinegar?

Generally speaking you can substitute other vinegars for white wine vinegar, although they will have distinct flavor profiles. With that said we would suggest staying away from Balsamic Vinegar as a substitute, and not only because it’s expensive. Balsamic vinegar sweetens under heat and will produce distinct results from other vinegar sub-types. Finally, if you’re really in a tough spot then lemon juice can add a hit of the same acidity that white wine vinegar brings to the party.

Is white wine vinegar the same as white vinegar?

White wine vinegar and white vinegar are distinct and cannot be used as replacements for each other. White vinegar has a higher percentage of acetic acid when compared to white wine vinegar, up to 20% ion some cases. With that said most store-bought white vinegar caps out at 7% acetic acid to white wine vinegar’s 5-6%.

What is the difference between white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar?

In short, white wine vinegar is made with white wine while red wine vinegar is made with red wine. Both types of vinegar are made in the same way, using a ferment and strain method. However, red wine vinegar tends to have a wider variety of potential flavors and varieties. Where white wine vinegar is tangy and rich – like a spring morning – red wine vinegar is more like a cozy mid-winter night.

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