Invest in a few good quality vinegars. You don't need much and you'll notice the difference. (See separate vinegar listings.)
Each pantry should have; apple cider, balsalmic, red wine, brown rice vinegar.
Buy from good quality delis , supermarkets, and health food stores
Distilled white vinegar is handy to have in the kitchen for cleaning pots and getting rid of cooking odours (see tips and tricks).
Vinegar is an acid and, used as a preservative, its shelf-life is almost indefinite. Colour changes, haze and sediment are not an indication of the product deteriorating. Vinegar can be stored in the cupboard.
Tips & Tricks:
Soak normal food-stained pots and pans in full strength white vinegar for 30 minutes. Rinse in hot, soapy water.
Boil a teaspoon of white vinegar mixed in a cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odours.
Keep a selection of good quality vinegars on hand for different uses.
Balsalmic, Red and White wine vinegars are excellent for salad dressings.
Rice vinegar is good in marinades and Asian dressings.
In a dressing use 1 part vinegar to 3 - 4 parts oil.