List of Different Types of vinegar and uses

Vinegar for cooking or cleaning? All uses and different types of vinegars

When shopping for a vinegar you may be overwhelmed, for much like with olive oil, there are lots of different types of vinegar. This blog will explore the different uses for the different types of vinegars and explain in more detail all the various varieties.


When To Use Each Vinegar

It can be confusing to know when you should use each different type of vinegar when cooking certain dishes, here is a table with the main types of vinegar and with which other products you should be using them with.


Type of Vinegar  

When To Use It 

White Wine 

  • Salads 

  • Poultry & Fish 

  • Pickling 

Red Wine 

  • Red Meats (Beef,Pork) 

  • Vegetables 


  • Salads 

  • Glazing meats 

  • Reductions 

Distilled White 

  • Poaching Eggs 

  • Pickling 

  • Cleaning surfaces 


  • Mainly used in Asian Cuisine 

  • Sushi Rice etc 

Apple Cider 

  • Buttermilk 

  • Pickling 

  • Health shots (Detox Drinks) 



The Difference Between White Wine Vinegar and White Vinegar

Although these two may share an extremely similar name, this is where the similarities end, for these two vinegars are very different.



Firstly, white vinegar is made when a grain-based alcohol such as vodka is exposed to oxygen, thus causing bacteria to form. Whereas much like the name would suggest white wine vinegar is made through a similar process just replacing Vodka by white wine. This already means that the taste of these two vinegars are poles apart, white vinegar is one of the strongest vinegars and contains around 10% of acetic acids, compared to the 5-7% found in white wine. White wine vinegar is much more mellow in taste and can be used as a dressing for salads, however white vinegar is much stronger and would rarely be used by itself in cooking. This can be deduced from the fact that white vinegar is often used as a cleaning agent of different surfaces and appliances as it has such a high concentration of acetic acids, that kill harmful bacteria.


Can I Substitute White Wine Vinegar with White Vinegar?

The simple answer is no, white vinegar would overpower any dish that calls for white wine vinegar, it’s just too strong. You’d be much better off using a red wine vinegar or even a rice vinegar, as these will be the ones the most similar in taste.



A top Tip when it comes to white vinegar is to add a few teaspoons of sugar to lessen the acidity, but this will still only slightly mellow the flavor.





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