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The Miracle of Vinegar: 150 easy recipes and uses for home, health and beauty

The Miracle of Vinegar: 150 easy recipes and uses for home, health and beauty

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The Miracle of Vinegar: 150 easy recipes and uses for home, health and beauty

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Jan 10, 2019


150 simple ways to use this amazing, low cost ingredient. Cleaning, cooking and everything in between!

  • Make delicious dips and marinades
  • Soften your towels
  • Do away with dandruff
  • Descale your kettle
  • Discover sumptuous slow roasts
  • Tone greasy skin
  • Freshen your beauty brushes
  • Create the perfect pavlova

Brimming with tips, tricks and recipes for everything from ferments to fresheners, salad dressings to skincare. Let this book show you the true miracle of vinegar.

Whisked along with the no-nonsense, tongue-in-cheek voice of Aggie MacKenzie, of How Clean Is Your House? fame, you’ll soon discover the hundreds of uses for vinegar beyond being scrumptious sprinkled over your fish and chips!

Jan 10, 2019

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The Miracle of Vinegar - Emma Marsden


An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

1 London Bridge Street

London SE1 9GF

First published in Great Britain by HQ in 2019

Copyright © Aggie MacKenzie and Emma Marsden 2019

Aggie MacKenzie and Emma Marsden asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins.

Ebook Edition © December 2018 ISBN: 9780008310585

To my gorgeous sons Rory and Ewan for their enduring patience, boundless creativity and sharing their brilliant recipe ideas with me.

— Aggie

Thanks to my mum for my culinary drive, to Kev for always tasting everything I’ve made (no matter what time of day) and to the rest of my family for their support.

— Emma



Title Page






Which Vinegar When?





Living Room

Other Ingenious Uses


Silky Skin Solutions

Treatments for Healthy-looking Hair

Pamper Feet and Hands

Tips and Tricks for Make-up Accessories

Soothing Cold Treatments

Ease Aches and Pains

Nasty Infections

Healthy From Inside Out

Give Your Body a Boost

And That’s Not All…



Use Vinegar to Poach Eggs

Rich Pickings From the Vegetable Drawer

Spiced Chickpeas for Fish, Chicken, Salad, Yogurt or Hummus

Hot Smoky Chicken for a Bun

One-pan Peanut Butter Noodles

Make the Most of Wizened Veg


Friday Night Steak and Sides – Two Ways

Special Slow-roasted Tomatoes

Braised Lamb With Rosemary and Red Wine

Five-hour Pulled Pork

Pork Vindaloo

Cheat’s Chicken Tikka

Duck With Walnuts

Three Ways With Raspberry Vinegar

Red Pepper, Chickpea and Harissa Dressing for Pan-fried Hake

Mullet Escabeche

Stuffed Courgettes – Asian-style


3 Classic (Ish) Salads and Their Dressings

A Simple Couscous Salad

Red Wine Vinegar Adds Zing to an Italian Salad

Making the Most of Preserved Tuna


Quick Dill Sauce for Smoked Fish

Homemade Hoisin-style Sauce

A Softer-tasting Aioli for Pan-fried Fish

One-minute Dips for Chips

A Canny Tip to Stretch an Avocado to Feed a Few More…

Dipping Sauce for Spring Rolls and Dumplings

Classic Dressing for Oysters


Drinks Nibbles

Hot Salt and Vinegar Crisps

Cumin-spiced Nuts

Chilli-spiced Olives

The Beauty of Balsamic

Mushroom Toast Topper

Sherry Vinegar Mushrooms


Sweet Raspberry Vinegar for Ice Cream and Drinks

Bring Out the Sweetness in Strawberries

Peaches With Verjus and Rosemary

Chocolate Sharing Mousse With Blueberries and Pecans

Golden Pavlova


Chilli and Thyme Cornbread

Courgette and Carrot Loaf

Seeded Soda Bread


Red, White and Green Piccalilli

Pickled Pears With Star Anise and Ginger

Spiced Plums With Cinnamon, Juniper and Black Pepper

Super-quick Bowl of Chutney

About the Publisher


Vinegar first came into my working life while I was at Good Housekeeping magazine in the early 1990s. I was director of the Institute and in this role I oversaw both the consumer testing and cookery departments. Each year, the January issue of the magazine carried a ‘Stains Special’… and vinegar always featured prominently.

When, in 2002, I was asked to do a screen test for a new television programme about cleaning, I drew on my GH experience and rattled off a list of all the kooky remedies I had picked up over the years, and again vinegar enjoyed multiple name-checks.

I passed the screen test, got the TV gig and co-presented How Clean is Your House? on Channel 4 from 2003 to 2009. My co-presenter and I generally used old-fashioned, inexpensive and homespun remedies for clean-ups – and very soon vinegar became the star of the show.

I am currently, about once a month, the ‘Midnight Expert’ guest on the BBC Radio 5 Live Phil Williams show. People call in and text between midnight and 1am with their cleaning quandaries – it’s strange but true, there is never any shortage of queries, even at that late hour. So often have I named vinegar as the solution to removing a stain that Phil, a good while back, instigated ‘Aggie’s Vinegar Bingo’, in which a big shout-out goes to the caller who, during the on-air hour, nails the nearest time to the V-word first getting a mention. Who knew vinegar could create so much buzz?

Vinegar is said to have been discovered by accident around 10,000 years ago, and it can be made from almost any fermentable item – such as wine, apples, pears, grapes, berries, beer and potatoes.

For over 2000 years, vinegar has been used to flavour and preserve foods, heal wounds and fight infections – as well as clean surfaces. There is some evidence that vinegar added to one’s diet will reduce the glucose response to a carbohydrate load both in healthy adults and in sufferers of diabetes. It has also been suggested that drinking a little vinegar each day is useful as a dietary aid because it imparts a feeling of fullness. Since I began working on this book I have been drinking two tablespoons of organic cider vinegar with a tiny squeeze of honey every morning. Who knows whether it’s doing me any good, but I am sure it won’t be doing me much harm either.

Both my sons are chefs in leading London restaurants and often use specialist vinegars for finishing dishes. Through them I have learned what a difference it can make and how to use it judiciously in my cooking.

It seemed natural that I should put my head together with that of my friend and former cookery editor colleague at Good Housekeeping, Emma Marsden, to come up with a book that combines my cleaning-with-vinegar expertise and her extensive culinary knowledge. Here is our – we hope – useful collection of tips, plus recipes that are, without exception, exciting, innovative and, importantly, straightforward. We hope you’ll enjoy them, together with beauty remedies and health hints – all using this humble yet important liquid in its many and various forms.

Aggie MacKenzie


The word vinegar comes from the French vin aigre, translated as sour wine, which accurately describes it. If you’ve ever left the dregs of an open bottle of wine for a few days and then attempted to drink the contents, only to be met with a sour taste, you’ve already started on the journey of vinegar-making. There are records of this magic ingredient being made as early as 5,000 BC in Babylon, and it’s thought that it was the result of a slipup while fermenting some wine. People cooking at that time experimented with this liquor, discovering that it could be used as both a condiment and ingredient.

Today it is a popular ingredient, produced commercially by either fast or slow fermentation. In fast fermentation, the liquid is oxygenated and the bacteria culture added. Slow fermentation is generally used for the production of specialised vinegars used in cooking; the culture of acetic acid bacteria grows on the surface of the liquid and fermentation evolves gradually over weeks or months and allows for the formation of a harmless slime made up of yeast and acetic acid

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