10 Unexpected Ways to Use Vinegar

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Vinegar isn't just for salad dressing. While a classic vinaigrette might get most of the attention in the kitchen, vinegar adds a perfect sour note in a lot of instances.

Vinegar is one of the essential ingredients in hot sauce. So while the grill's still sizzling, get in on the homemade condiment trend by using white vinegar in this red-hot sauce.

Make a perfect mop sauce for ribs, chicken thighs or pork chops.

Use it as a  fry topping: Malt vinegar on French fries is a British tradition (that's where the whole salt-and-vinegar potato chip thing comes from). For an extra hit of tang, this recipe has you soak sliced potatoes in vinegar before frying.

Complement sweet strawberries with balsamic vinegar. Dave Rocco shows you how to take advantage of the ideal pairing.

Add depth of flavor to other subtly sweet foods, like in this  cream-free butternut squash soup.

Make a mocktail with Kelsey's blackberry sipping vinegar, often called a shrub. The tartness of apple cider vinegar tempers sugar and blackberries for an alcohol-free adult beverage.

Cut the bitterness of greens. Vinegar is a great secret for helping  kale chips, sauteed broccoli rabe or long-simmered collard greens.

Offset the earthiness of lentils with sweet-sour balsamic. These lentils with walnuts and goat cheese show just how far a splash of vinegar can go. Or try this recipe for lentils with sauteed mushrooms.

Make a marinade for chicken, shrimp or beef with this sesame vinaigrette.

Braise chicken in vinegar for a dish with unbelievable flavor.

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