Whilst cleaning the pantry, we realized that we have nine different vinegars in our collection, including a couple that haven't seen the light of day for years. And we started to wonder, does vinegar ever go bad?
When it comes to salads, I am a picky cook. I like complexity and interesting textures: pine nuts, aged Parmesan, plumped-up currants. Shaved cabbage, oranges, fennel, and caraway. Slivered almonds and handfuls of garden herbs. If a salad isn't fun and interesting, why would I bother eating it?
But lately I have been eating just one salad over and over again, and it's utterly simple: just fresh greens, olive oil, and cherry balsamic vinegar.
Take a look at these vintage soda bottles, recycled by Monika into easy-pour bottles for her oil and vinegar. This is a great idea for this week of the Kitchen Cure, as we ask you to finish deep-cleaning the kitchen, and do one thing to make your kitchen more beautiful. This is an easy way to make your kitchen a little nicer: get rid of your ugly branded dish soap bottle!
This week we're covering your questions about leftover ingredients you find in your pantry as you clean it out, and in that line, here's a great question from Lexy, who is participating in the spring Kitchen Cure.
While cleaning out my cupboards last night, I found an interesting growth in a bottle of white wine vinegar. The bottle isn't more than a few months old. I suspect that the growth is a vinegar mother, of which I've heard, but about which I know very little. I was hoping that The Kitchn crew or readers could help me positively identify the growth — and offer some tips for using it (if it's a mother).
We had never heard of drinking vinegar until Elizabeth blogged about Toby Cecchini's article on vinegar "shrubs" last November. And now wouldn't you know, Toby Cecchini himself was on Good Food this past week! The interview was so intriguing, we thought we'd give these drinkable vinegars another look...
This colorful Trader Joe's vinegar first caught our eye a few months ago, but we kept passing it by in favor of practical pantry staples. Every so often, we'd pick it up and almost put it in our basket, only to place it back on the shelf with a sigh.
Then we were hungry for a citrusy, vinegary salad to go with the breezy warm weather this past weekend, and we decided enough was enough!