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Old 02-20-2017, 05:53 AM   #1
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Having trouble with the sweet & sour sauce recipe

Recipe here: Sweet and Sour Sauce I Recipe - Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons cornstarch

I did everything as said in the instructions, weighed in all the ingredients correctly and the problem is with the vinegar. I don't know if I'm using the wrong vinegar or something, but as soon as I smelled the sauce when it was cooking, I thought my lungs was about to explode in my chest, I could barely taste the sauce as the vinegar felt really really strong in it.

Is it something wrong with my choice of vinegar or is the recipe faulty? I don't understand. On the bottle it says "Food vinegar acid (9%)".

Really need help.

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Old 02-20-2017, 09:27 AM   #2
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Normally, vinegars used in cooking, such as wine vinegar, apple cider, vinegar, etc. are at 5% acidity. Rice/rice wine vinegar is even a little less than 5%.

Consider buying a bottle of rice/rice wine vinegar for Asian dishes. Save the stuff you have for cleaning.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:29 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking

I see you're in Lithuania. Food-grade white distilled vinegar in the United States is diluted to 5 percent acidity, so I think that's the problem. If you cut the amount of vinegar in half, the recipe should work.
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Old 02-20-2017, 12:57 PM   #4
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You say you WEIGHED the ingredients? That might be part of the problem.

But I agree that white vinegar is super harsh and strong. I don't use it much for cooking.....
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You say you WEIGHED the ingredients? That might be part of the problem.

But I agree that white vinegar is super harsh and strong. I don't use it much for cooking.....
I like it, but the acidity of the one the OP used has almost twice the acidity of what is commonly used in the United States.
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:22 PM   #6
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You say you WEIGHED the ingredients? That might be part of the problem.
Sorry english isn't my first language. How should I say it then?
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Sorry english isn't my first language. How should I say it then?
When we weigh ingredients, we use a scale. Otherwise, we measure them with standard size cups and spoons.
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When we weigh ingredients, we use a scale. Otherwise, we measure them with standard size cups and spoons.
Oh, snap, I sensed there was something wrong with my grammar.
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Recipe here: Sweet and Sour Sauce I Recipe - Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons cornstarch

I did everything as said in the instructions, weighed in all the ingredients correctly and the problem is with the vinegar. I don't know if I'm using the wrong vinegar or something, but as soon as I smelled the sauce when it was cooking, I thought my lungs was about to explode in my chest, I could barely taste the sauce as the vinegar felt really really strong in it.

Is it something wrong with my choice of vinegar or is the recipe faulty? I don't understand. On the bottle it says "Food vinegar acid (9%)".

Really need help.
The vinegar you are using is probably old style Soviet vinegar, it is much stronger than the vinegar used in the good old USA. What percentage vinegar do you use?
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:58 PM   #10
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The vinegar you are using is probably old style Soviet vinegar, it is much stronger than the vinegar used in the good old USA. What percentage vinegar do you use?
P.S. don't worry about your English, the folks here been putting up with my English for years, they are used to by now.

Your vinegar is probably 9% if I am correct. Just add more water to dilute vinegar to the 5% acidity.
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