Oil vs. oil
DEAR HELOISE: There are two questions I want to ask you. First, what is the difference between salad oil and vegetable oil? The recipe I have calls for salad oil, and I cannot find it.
Second, what do you use white vinegar for, and what do you use cider vinegar for? If a recipe says to use vinegar, what kind do you use? Thank you. -- G. Hoover, San Antonio.
You had me stumped, so my office checked with a leading manufacturer of cooking oil. They told us that there is no difference between salad oil and vegetable oil, except maybe for canola oil -- almost all are good salad dressings.
When baking, most recipes call for vegetable oil, so if a recipe calls for salad oil, vegetable oil can be used. However, more flavorful olive oils are great for salads, but I'd pass on most cakes.
There are many types of vinegar. White distilled vinegar is usually used in household cleaning and pickling. There are also wine vinegars, malt vinegars and herbed and flavored vinegars. Most of them are used in making salad dressings and in cooking.
For more information on the types and many uses of vinegars, send for my newly revised vinegar pamphlet. Send $3 along with a self-addressed, stamped (55 cents), legal-size envelope to Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.
Also, wine vinegar is wine that has been changed to vinegar. Red, one of my favorites, is the most common color. White is available, too, and it is usually added to salad dressings and sauces for a livelier taste. -- Heloise
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DEAR HELOISE: When I buy a new carton of eggs and still have a carton that I haven't finished using in the refrigerator, I mark the old carton with an X. This way, I know at a glance which carton to use first. This has been a big help to me. -- Lee Morse, Wells, Mass.
Good idea! I try to put the new carton on the bottom and stack the older one on top. Your idea also works. -- Heloise
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