Mr. Food: Best Food Buys: Vinegar

August 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
White vinegar is a versatile pantry and household helper that we should always have on hand. Not only is it a Best Food Buy for our recipes, it also makes short work of many tasks around our homes.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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If that bottle of plain white vinegar in the back of your pantry is starting to get low, the next time you hit the market, pick up a new one, because it's truly a Best Food Buy not only for us in the kitchen, but all around the house!

- For hard-boiling eggs, to prevent any white from leaking out of them, add a bit of vinegar to the water and they'll remain picture-perfect!

- Put a tablespoon in the boiling water before you poach eggs; no leaking, and perfect again.

- Try sprinkling vinegar on fish fillets before cooking to make them stay firmer and whiter.

- It's great for homemade marinades for our grill-fests, or quick dressings that we whisk together for our lush summer salads.

- Vinegar is an amazing household helper for removing stubborn stains from coffee makers, glasses and mugs; cleaning windows and tile floors; and lots more.

- Forget about expensive air fresheners! When cooking strong-smelling food like fish or cabbage, simmer a small pan of water and vinegar on the stove at the same time, and those strong odors will disappear like magic!

Talk about a Best Food Buy that wears a lot of hats! With one little bottle, we get a load of...

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