Poles HATE vinegar (ocet). That’s because this was the only thing in the shops during commy times and so they have a kind of psycho hang-up about the stuff.
They are always laughing about the fact that we English put vinegar on our chips. We might as well be smearing our chips with sewage. Chips are supposed to have salt and ketchup, perhaps mayo but most emphatically NOT vinegar.
There are only two known uses for Polish vinegar –
- cleaning scale off kettles and things
- making a tomato & onion salad (sałatka pomidorowa)
English vinegar comes in fancy packaging and a wide variety of specialist flavours. Polish vinegar is packaged like poison and comes in one flavour, “medical”.