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TIP OF THE DAY: Vinegar Substitutes

Lucini balsamic vinegar, a NIBBLE favorite,
is available at Amazon.com. Photo by
B.A. Van Sise.

THE NIBBLE pantry has a dozen different types of vinegar, from the basics—balsamic, champagne, cider, sherry and wine vinegars—to rice vinegar and our favorite flavor-infused vinegars (we have almost everything from Boyajian).

But what if a recipe calls for a type of vinegar that you don’t have on hand—and you can’t run out to buy it?

How To Repair Food, a book we love, advises that you can substitute another vinegar (although the dish will taste a bit different). Here are the substitutions:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Substitute: distilled white vinegar for pickling, any wine vinegar otherwise
  • Balsamic Vinegar Substitute: red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar plus a pinch of sugar
  • Red Wine Vinegar Substitute: white wine vinegar
  • White Wine Vinegar Substitute: red wine vinegar


If you’re totally out of vinegar, use twice as much lemon juice as the required amount of vinegar.

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