What is seasoned rice vinegar?

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"What is seasoned rice vinegar and how is it different from plain rice vinegar?"

Seasoned rice vinegar is lightly sweetened (with sugar, corn syrup, or a combination of sweeteners) and diluted to a lower acidity level with the addition of water. This recipe for Sweet-and-Sour Veggie Pickles is a great way to showcase seasoned rice vinegar.

Plain rice vinegar is brewed from rice.  This recipe for Sushi-Rice Salad is a good example of using plain rice vinegar to add flavor to a rice dish.

For more information about using vinegar in recipes, see 7 Ways to Cook with Vinegar.

Marge Perry
Jul, 2012
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