Though it can be tempting to add oil to the cooking water to keep your pasta and rice from sticking together…
Doing so can prevent sauce and seasoning from adhering to the grain, leaving you with a bland meal. Instead, try adding white vinegar to your water (three tablespoons of vinegar per one gallon of H20). “Pasta becomes sticky because our water tends to have a higher pH.” This causes the outside shell of the grain to break down and pulls starch into the cooking water. Adding vinegar will adjust the pH level and help you avoid a (literal) sticky situation.”
“When your skin experiences a sunburn, the blood vessels in the skin dilate, triggering an inflammatory reaction.” “That damage causes pain and blistering.” Vinegar contains antiseptic properties that can not only kill germs, but also relieve pain and inflammation. Placing cool compresses on your sunburn—soaked in a mixture of white vinegar and water (to dilute the acidity)—can soothe the sun damage and encourage the healing process.
“Fruit flies use their sense of smell to find fermenting products, regardless of their own safety.” That’s why they just can’t help themselves when they spot a piece of over-ripe fruit. To make a trap, pour some vinegar and mashed fruit into a jar. Roll a piece of paper into a cone and stick it in the jar, narrow opening down. Once trapped inside, the flies won’t be able to get out. If you’re elbow-deep in a baking project and forgot to pick up eggs at the store, have no fear! Just mix one teaspoon of vinegar with one tablespoon of baking soda for every egg needed. “The combination of baking soda and vinegar causes dough to leaven, much like eggs do.” Ahhhh, the multiple uses of vinegar.
Article credit: Prevention
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