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Old 03-05-2011, 04:35 PM
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Substituting white wine vinegar for red wine vinegar - Need Answer Fast!

I've got a guest tonight, and want to make my favorite Shepherd's (really Cottage) Pie recipe. It's heavy on the allspice and usually uses red wine vinegar. Which, of course, I'm out of. It's snowing out. [whine]I don't wanna go back to the store.[/whine]

Can I get away with white wine vinegar instead? Any changes I should make to quantity? Add anything else like sugar?

Here's the basic recipe, iffen you're interested. I add peas and carrots to the meat mixture before it goes in the oven, and I've never figured out how she makes mashed potatoes with only 1T of milk, so that's not exactly the same in my version, but the rest is the same.
Old 03-05-2011, 04:49 PM
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White wine vinegar is a great substitute. Distilled white vinegar is a bit blah, though.


Just make sure you have the former.

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:52 PM
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I'd do it, no sweat. If I had an open bottle of red wine, I might mix the two.
Old 03-05-2011, 05:06 PM
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Yeah, distilled white vinegar will work. It just won't have as much flavor. I'd use red wine instead, no vinegar.
Old 03-05-2011, 05:09 PM
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What I have is white wine vinegar for sure, not distilled white vinegar. I do have a bottle of "Sweet Red" table wine I was going to open up anyhow, so maybe I'll mix a little white wine vinegar with a little of that sweet red wine and see how it smells. Just sniffing the white wine vinegar, I'm a little leery that it might be too sharp on its own.

Thanks for the input, guys!
Old 03-05-2011, 05:14 PM
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What I have is white wine vinegar for sure, not distilled white vinegar. I do have a bottle of "Sweet Red" table wine I was going to open up anyhow, so maybe I'll mix a little white wine vinegar with a little of that sweet red wine and see how it smells. Just sniffing the white wine vinegar, I'm a little leery that it might be too sharp on its own.

Thanks for the input, guys!
Don't bother with the wine. The recipe is just looking for a shot of acidity, and the wine will dilute that. You absolutely will not notice a difference between 3TBSP of red and white wine vinegar in a shepherd's pie recipe.
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