What to Substitute for Any Kind of Vinegar

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You're midway into making a recipe and discover you're out of the specified type of vinegar. No problem! We've got just the right vinegar substitute. Some vinegars have milder flavors, others more acidic, so you may need to include a combination of ingredients to match the flavor profile of the missing vinegar. 

Rice Vinegar

Often used in Asian recipes, rice vinegar adds a sweet, mild snap to dressings, marinades, stir-fries and more.

If you don't have it in the cupboard, a substitute for 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar is 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

In addition to adding a fruity punch to recipes, apple cider vinegar is known for its many healthful properties, such as controlling weight gain and blood sugar levels. Use it in juice blends, teas, dressings and sauces. For 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, substitute 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice or 2 tablespoons of white wine.

Balsamic Vinegar

Both sweet and luxurious, balsamic vinegar adds a rich, low-acid flavor to dressings, glazes and sauces. For 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, substitute 1 tablespoon of either brown rice vinegar or Chinese black vinegar. 

Champagne Vinegar

Champagne vinegar brings a bright flavor to salad dressings without an overly acidic bite.

It's best known for a flavorful champagne vinegarette, but it can also be used in glazes for pork, chicken and other meats. Because it's mild, you won't want to swap in an extremely strong substitute. In place of 1 tablespoon of champagne vinegar, substitute 1 tablespoon of either white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.

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Red Wine Vinegar

A staple of Italian-American salad dressings, red wine vinegar also pairs nicely with chicken and other meats. A good substitute for red wine vinegar is equal parts white vinegar and red wine; e.g. 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar plus 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine for 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. 

White Wine Vinegar

Like red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar adds a nice acidic bite to salad dressings, meat glazes and sauces. An easy substitute for 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar is 1 tablespoon rice vinegar.

White Vinegar

White vinegar has a great reputation as a household cleaner but it also brings a bright flavor to salads (especially cole slaw), barbecue sauce, pickled vegetables and more. For 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, swap in 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice, lime juice, cider vinegar or malt vinegar.

Malt Vinegar

A staple condiment to fish & chips, malt vinegar is especially tasty in sweet & sour marinades, chutneys and pickles.

For 1 tablespoon of malt vinegar, use 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or cider vinegar. 

Sherry Vinegar

Sherry vinegar makes a tasty meat or fish glaze, pairing especially well with chicken and herb flavorings. A substitute for 1 tablespoon of sherry vinegar is 1 tablespoon of either red or white wine. 

Herb Vinegar

Oftentimes, recipes will call for a vinegar flavored by herbs such as tarragon, rosemary or thyme. Herb vinegars taste great in salad dressings but can also be quite versatile. For 1 tablespoon of an herb vinegar, swap in 1 Tbsp. of either wine vinegar, rice vinegar or cider vinegar, adding in an appropriate and complementary fresh washed herb. 

Raspberry Vinegar

Once trendy for adding a sweet punch to raspberry vinegarette, raspberry vinegar also tastes great in glazes. One tablespoon of sherry vinegar is a good substitute. 

Best known for its use in all types of salad dressings, vinegar can brighten all manner of sauces, glazes, pickles and more. And now that you can find a substitute for nearly any type, we hope you'll find yourself cooking with it often.

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