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Enhancing Flavors of Food Using Vinegar
Adding just a bit of vinegar to your food is an easy way of enhancing flavors. Potatoes, meats, vegetables, and even fruits can have extra zip and freshness!
Vinegar is all natural, so you are not adding anything artificial to your food. Instead, you are adding vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates. And there's nothing bad about that!
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If you asked people for their favorite potato, many would say French fries. I know I would! So they probably don't need any improvement. But try a new kind of flavor to your French fries. Sprinkle or splash them with apple cider vinegar.
You may make your own broth for soup by cooking the bones with the chicken or beef. Add vinegar. It will draw out the calcium from the bone. Not only will your soup have a richer flavor, it will be healthier.
If you use store-bought broth, you can still add a bit of vinegar to your soup. It's an easy way of enhancing flavors. You will notice more zest to your meat, vegetable, or bean soups.
Some vegetables and beans are gassy. Add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the water when cooking. Not only will it reduce the gas effects, it will add a different flavor. People will notice a difference, but will not be able to identify the vinegar.
One thing I like about summer is the availability of fresh produce. I just don't like canned produce as much.
However, add vinegar to canned vegetables to give a fresher flavor. This works for anything canned: soup, gravy, sauces, stews, and even fruit.
The first time I saw a chef on The Food Network put balsamic vinegar on strawberries, I thought for sure he had ruined those strawberries. But then I tried it myself. Balsamic vinegar does give strawberries a new, tantalizing taste. You can still add sugar. But right before serving, add balsamic vinegar. Ratio is approximately 1 tablespoon to 1 pint of strawberries.
Try it also with fresh cantaloupe, honeydew, or pears. Maybe you can add more kinds of fruit to this list.
Enhancing Flavors In Miscellaneous Foods
Add 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar to white sauce. You may like the new, slightly-tangy flavor. Adding a teaspoon of vinegar to sweet desserts such as pies and cakes will bring out the flavor. Vinegar also brings out the flavor of fish or seafood when it is added while cooking. Tomato sauce will have an enhanced flavor if 1 tablespoon of vinegar is added right before finishing cooking.
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keeping food fresh longer
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meat, fish, and seafood tips
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