Looking for a nice gift that is inexpensive and easy to make? Flavored vinegar can be very costly if purchased in a store, but it’s relatively easy and fun to make. Who better than our regular contributor, Herbdoc, to show us how?
What you need:
- Clean, dry decorative bottles with cork stoppers. (These are available online from many vendors)
- Gather the fresh herbs and veggies you plan to use. Gently wash and pat dry on paper towels. If using fresh veggies, make them pretty. Slice peppers in strips; peel garlic; slice lemons and limes in rings. Green onions and jalapenos can go in just as they are. Popular combinations include: basil, garlic, and red peppers; tarragon and garlic; and parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Remember that you must be careful not to use too much of a strong herb in a combination else the entire batch will taste of the strong one. Single herb vinegars can also be made.
- Spices may be used, but they must be whole or they will cloud the vinegar.
- A good quality vinegar should be purchased. Try red or white wine vinegar or rice vinegar.
- Place the chosen herbs, veggies and/or spices in clean jars. Use a long wooden skewer or chopstick to push them down in the bottle.
- Fill the bottle with vinegar about ½” from the top.
- Cork the jar, and if you like the look, cover the cork with melted colored wax.
- Label the bottle with the type of vinegar and the herbs/veggies included.
These vinegars are wonderful in green salads or salad dressing, marinades or in any recipe which calls for vinegar. Unused, the jars make outstanding decorative accents in the kitchen!