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July 22, 2013

Look in the cupboard to enhance mealtime flavors

Use pantry essentials like vinegar to improve meals

Family Features — Known as a staple in kitchen cabinets everywhere, vinegar is a versatile ingredient used to add distinction and depth to recipes.

This popular pantry essential comes in many different flavors and varieties, each lending itself to specific types of cooking. Here are some of the popular varieties of vinegar and how they are commonly used in the kitchen.

Due to its lengthy aging process, balsamic vinegar is the most expensive variety. The longer the aging, the thicker and more desirable the vinegar. This rich addition is perfect with grilled vegetables, pastas or drizzled atop fine cheeses.

Malt vinegar is an English favorite made when malt syrup is fermented to create malt “beer.” With its pungent, full-bodied flavor, malt vinegar is particularly popular for seafood dishes like fish and chips. It is also used in meat, macaroni and bean salads.

Red and white wine vinegars are used for everyday cooking, and are often found in salad dressings and marinades. When cooking meats and fish, the color will help you determine which wine vinegar to use. Red wine is perfect for hearty foods like steak or ribs. White wine is great for fish and chicken recipes.

Unlike filtered types, unfiltered vinegars retain the "mother" of the vinegar — a compound created naturally during the fermentation process. Essentially, these are vinegars in their most natural and wholesome form. Check out Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, which is great for salads, marinades and recipes as well as a variety of other uses.

Apple cider vinegar is a mellow, multipurpose vinegar perfect for lighter entrÈes, marinades, teas, desserts, cocktails and dressings, and can be substituted for distilled white vinegar to add a deeper flavor to dishes. Pure, all natural vinegars like Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar begin with fine quality apples and crystal clear water, which are then fermented and diluted to the five percent acidity required for canning and pickling. Try this recipe for Berry Vinaigrette with Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar.

Berry Vinaigrette

Makes about 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2/3  cup Heinz ® Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4  cup sugar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2  cups cut berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover and store in refrigerator. Serve at room temperature. Can be made a day in advance.

Source:  Heinz

For more information, tips and recipes using Heinz Vinegar, visit HeinzVinegar.com and pinterest.com/heinzvinegar.

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