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Old 12-15-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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I bought a bottle of vinegar, sold as a cooking ingredient, a few months ago. The label fell off after I cleaned it shortly after purchasing it. Generally unaware of the different varieties of vinegar that exist, I'm unsure as to what type it is. It is straw-colored/light yellow, and tastes and smells similar to the vinegar you add to salads.

(If there are many subtly different types of salad vinegar that taste similar, I would not be aware of those types).

Is this likely to be apple cider vinegar or some other variety?
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:14 PM
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Likely yes. Could be rice vinegar too. But just sniff it - that will tell you if its apple cider vinegar - unless you are anosmic.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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Likely yes. Could be rice vinegar too. But just sniff it - that will tell you if its apple cider vinegar - unless you are anosmic.
Thanks. The smell is slightly pungent (goes straight to the back of the nasal cavity) and sharply sour with a slight sweet side to it.

I think it's less likely to be rice vinegar because it was being sold as a standard cooking ingredient vinegar in a regular European supermarket. I think you're likely to be right in the first instance.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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Could be cider vinegar, could be rice vinegar. There are several varieties of vinegar made with varietal grapes that are pale gold in color

If it is very light yellow, it is probably rice vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a darker brownish gold color, similar to the color of a fresh apple that has been exposed to air.

I'd tell you that cider vinegar smells just like dying Easter eggs, but if your mother didn't use apple cider vinegar to dye Easter eggs, that won't make any sense to you.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:52 PM
 
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Could be white wine vinegar.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:14 PM
 
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It could be urine. I'M KIDDING! A LITTLE LEVITY!

I actually just stopped by to agree with oregonwoodsmoke re: the color difference between rice and apple cider.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:16 PM
 
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Why chance ruining a good meal or making yourself sick. Just pour it out and get some more.
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:15 PM
 
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It's cider. Use it like you stole it.
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Old 12-15-2015, 05:18 PM
 
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Possibly sherry vinegar or white balsamic, but in any event, if it smells like vinegar, use it like any tart vinegar unless it's for dying clothes. Otherwise, I doubt there will be any problems.
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:17 PM
 
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Balsamic is my guess. ACV usually comes in sort of "industrial" shaped bottles. Balsamic is usually a more slender, classy bottle. Either way they both make great salad dressing!!
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