White wine vinegar has very pronounced aromas and multi-layered flavours, it is more than simply sour.
It is great in salad dressings, mayonnaises, marinades and dips. You can swap it in and out with apple cider vinegar and like other clear vinegars it won’t change the colour of the dish.
The flavours can range and mellow based on:
- The type and quality of the wine.
- The production method eg aged in oak vs commercial methods.
- The age of the product.
There is a wide price range and quality. It is often many times more expensive than white vinegar though.
In short white vinegar differs from white wine vinegar in that the former is made from fermenting distilled alcohol not wine. Because white vinegar is much cheaper and more acidic, you find it being used in larger quantities and not just for cooking.
Vinegar is a very mild acid and has been used for thousands of years as a preservative and flavour enhancer. It is in PK’s Essential Pantry Cupboard Contents.
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