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20 genius ways to use vinegar that you've never thought of

Prevention Logo By Krissy Brady of Prevention | Slide 1 of 20: <p>Though it can be tempting to add oil to the cooking water to keep your pasta and rice from sticking together, doing so can prevent sauce and seasoning from adhering to the grain, leaving you with a bland meal, says Lisa Suriano, nutrition specialist and founder of the culinary-nutrition education program <a href="http://www.veggiecation.com">Veggiecation</a>. Instead, try adding white vinegar to your water (three tablespoons of vinegar per one gallon of H20).</p><p>"Pasta becomes sticky because our water tends to have a higher pH," says Suriano. "This causes the outside shell of the grain to break down and pulls starch into the cooking water. Adding vinegar will adjust the pH level and help you avoid a (literal) sticky situation." (Here are <a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/6-pasta-cooking-mistakes">6 more surprising mistakes you're making every time you cook pasta</a>.)</p>

1. Cook fluffier pasta.

Though it can be tempting to add oil to the cooking water to keep your pasta and rice from sticking together, doing so can prevent sauce and seasoning from adhering to the grain, leaving you with a bland meal, says Lisa Suriano, nutrition specialist and founder of the culinary-nutrition education program Veggiecation. Instead, try adding white vinegar to your water (three tablespoons of vinegar per one gallon of H20).

"Pasta becomes sticky because our water tends to have a higher pH," says Suriano. "This causes the outside shell of the grain to break down and pulls starch into the cooking water. Adding vinegar will adjust the pH level and help you avoid a (literal) sticky situation." 

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