INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Cheap vinegar, produced from inferior white wine, will give poor results to your finished dish. Buy good-quality, aromatic vinegar with a complex flavour. The label will often specify which type of wine has been used.

Storage

It will keep in a dry cupboard almost indefinitely, and will mature as it keeps.

Preparation

Use in vinaigrettes, sweet-and-sour dishes, marinades, pickles, chutneys, and butter sauces. Or infuse with fresh herbs to make flavoured vinegar.