Herbal Vinegar

Herbal Vinegar
Making a batch of vinegar infused with delicious fresh herbs is simple following the directions below. Flavoured vinegar can be a great gift idea for holidays or birthdays, and even as a hostess gift at gatherings. It can also be great to cook with at home and will taste fresher than the store bought brands. Herbal vinegar can be made with many different types of fresh herbs available from your home garden.
How to Make Herbal Vinegar – Ingredients and Utensils Needed

To make herbal vinegar from scratch, the following utensils and ingredients will be required:
• 2 glass jars with non metal lids
• Coffee filter or cheesecloth
• Plastic funnel
• Fresh herbs
• White or red wine vinegar

It is important not to use metal when stirring, tasting, shaking, and steeping the herbs because metal will react with the acidity of the vinegar and alter the taste of the homemade vinegar.

What Herbs to Use in Flavoured Vinegar?
The possibilities and choices of herbs, aromatics, and spices to use when making herbal vinegar are virtually endless. Use one herb, or experiment with a mixture of herbs for a more complex flavour. Try these herbs and combinations:
• Basil, parsley, and garlic
• Hot pepper flakes, Vietnamese coriander and garlic
• Sage, rosemary, and thyme
• Tarragon (with or without garlic – great with chicken)
• Dill and mustard seed
• Chilli peppers, green onions, and coriander

How to Make Herbal Vinegar Using Fresh Herbs
Making herbal vinegar is very easy to do. Follow these steps to make the deliciously flavoured vinegar for cooking and gifts.
1. Wash all utensils and the jars with hot, soapy water.
2. Rinse the utensils and jars with hot water.
3. Place all of the herbs into one of the empty jars. A rule of thumb is to have about 1 cup of fresh herbs per 2 cups of vinegar.
4. Pour 2 cups of white or red wine vinegar into the jar of herbs.
5. Close the jar tightly.
6. Place herbal vinegar in a dark, cool place for at least a week.
7. Occasionally remember to check on the jar, and shake it well.
8. The longer the herbs are allowed to steep in the vinegar, the stronger the flavour will be.
9. Test the vinegar for flavour.
10. When the herbal vinegar is to the desired flavour, filter the old herbs out by pouring the vinegar through a funnel lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
11. Place the flavoured vinegar into the second, clean jar.
12. A fresh piece of herb that is representative of the flavour can be added at the end before closing the jar.
13. Add decorative touch if giving as a gift, such as ribbons, labels, etc.

Herbal vinegars are a great way to preserve the flavour of fresh herbs, and make great flavour enhancers for cooking, grilling meat, and they also make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Try the above easy, general recipe for herb flavoured vinegars and experiment with the different flavours to make a unique vinegar and herb blend.

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