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    Vinegar has been used since ancient times and is an important element in European, Asian, and other cuisines. The word "vinegar" derives from the Old French word "vinaigre" meaning "sour wine". Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient, but historically, as the most easily available mild acid, it had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses, some of which are still promoted today.

    Vinegar is commonly used in food preparation, particularly in pickling processes, vinaigrettes, and other salad dressings. It is an ingredient in sauces such as mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Vinegar is sometimes used while making chutneys and pickles. It is often used as a condiment. Marinades often contain vinegar. Vinegar pie is a North American dessert made with vinegar, to one's taste and is very similar to chess pie.

    A substitute for fresh lemon juice; cider vinegar can usually be substituted for fresh lemon juice in recipes and obtain a pleasing effect although it lacks in vitamin C. Pouring cider vinegar over the meat when roasting lamb, especially when combined with honey or when sliced onions have been added to the roasting pan, produces a sauce. Japanese use rice vinegar as an essential ingredient for sushi rice. Red vinegar is sometimes used in Chinese soup.

    Apart from the culinary uses of vinegar, it is also used an effective cleaning agent. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical. Vinegar has many different uses such as; giving a shine to chrome sink  fixtures and other kitchen equipment with lime deposits, cleaning and deodorizing a drain, clean a microwave, removing mud and stains from plastic, fiberglass, or aluminum sports equipment etc.