Is it possible to make a cider vinegar substitute from apple cider and white vinegar??

I've got a potato salad recipe I want to try that calls for 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar. I don't have any cider vinegar on hand, but being that it's October, I do actually have both apple cider and white vinegar! Would some combination of those two ingredients fulfill its need in the recipe?

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames October 15, 2015

Yes! Go for it. I'd do half and half, tasting and adding a touch more vinegar, after all of the other ingredients are added and the salad is tossed, if you want it a bit sharper. Sounds delicious. ;o)

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Smaug
Smaug October 15, 2015

I don't know- cider vinegar is pretty pungeant, more so than most white vinegars- unless you mean that Heinz window washing stuff. I think it's going to be pretty hard to balance- better to go to the store. Bragg's makes a cider vinegar that contains the mother; I suppose you could use that to grow your own, but it takes some time.

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702551 October 15, 2015

Rather than add one tablespoon each of apple cider and white vinegar to the potato salad mix, I recommend that you mix them in a separate container first and taste for desired acidity.

I'd start with one tablespoon of apple cider, then add the vinegar a bit at a time rather than the other way around. When you have your desired mix, include two tablespoons of that into your potato salad as called for in the recipe.

Good luck.

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Kristen W.
Kristen W. October 16, 2015

Yes, I was thinking that the apple cider would introduce quite a bit more sugar than apple cider vinegar would have, so yes, mixing them separately is a good idea.

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