Malt vinegar as vegetable “dip”

Kids surprise you in their food preferences. My kids (aka Finicky 1 and Finicky 2) reject entire categories of food, and yet will eat almost anything from a Chinese, Japanese or Thai restaurant (something about soy sauce). For that reason, it’s worth opening your mind to various condiments and dips that may not immediately scream "kid friendly." Case in point: Cindy’s story:

My 3 year old had always eaten her veggies with gusto. Then a few months ago she started getting a little picky. The solution? Malt vinegar. We do ranch dressing sometimes too to mix things up. But she loooooooves malt vinegar on cooked broccoli, cauliflower and green beans. I didn’t realize that this might be a hack until tonight when my one year old, who has never been a big veggie fan, was throwing a fit wanting to eat the same thing as her older sister. At first I was hesitant. But she loved it. This might be evidence that my kids are mutants more than a hack. But if your kid likes pickles, it might be worth a try.

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  1. Dawn says

    My 3 1/2 year old son and 1 1/2 year old daughter both LOVE balsamic vinegar on their tomatoes! They go crazy and gobble them right up… I discovered this when making a tomato and mozzarella salad but I never thought to put it on other veggies. Thanks for opening my eyes to something so obvious!

  2. Jack says

    My 4 y/o daughter’s magic dip is honey-mustard. She’ll eat just about anything with that elixer on it.

  3. says

    My 3 yr old son is addicted to anything pickled so we’ve been drenching all of his veggies in vinegar too. If we tell him it tastes like a pickle he’ll instantly pop it into his mouth. Of course this doesn’t mean he eats all of his veggies, but at least it gets him to eat most of them!

  4. reen says

    As a child we always used cider vinegar or wine vinegar on our spinach, other greens, cooked cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. Fortunately my kids like veggies, but this would be a fun novelty for them because they love anything sour.