Is it okay to replace white vinegar with cider vinegar when making bread-and-butter pickles? Thanks for your help. —K.F., Lisle, Illinois
Vinegar provides the tart puckery flavor in pickles, but it also acts as an important preservative. You can replace white vinegar with cider vinegar in pickling recipes, as long as the cider vinegar has a 5% (50 grains) acidity level. Look for this on the label. If you are unsure of the acidity percentage in cider vinegar, do not use it. Because apple cider vinegar has a somewhat mellower flavor than pungent white vinegar, it might slightly change the flavor of your pickles. And while white vinegar is colorless, the golden brown cider vinegar may yield pickles with a slightly darker color.