Making Flavored Gourmet Vinegars

Making Flavored Gourmet Vinegars
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Recipe for Making Flavored Gourmet Vinegars. Flavored vinegars are ultra-easy to make. They make elegant gifts or tasty additions to your own pantry.

Ingredients

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  • Basil, Lemon, Chive Vinegar:
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 large strips of lemon zest
  • 3-4 whole leaves fresh basil
  • 10 stalks fresh chives
  • Basil Peppercorn Vinegar:
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4-5 leaves fresh basil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3-4 whole peeled garlic cloves
  • Dill Peppercorn Vinegar:
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • Garlic Green Onion Vinegar:
  • 1 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 4-5 peeled whole garlic cloves
  • 2-3 stalks green onions
  • Rosemary Garlic Vinegar:
  • 1 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 4-5 peeled whole garlic cloves
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Spicy Chile Pepper Vinegar:
  • 1 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 or 2 whole jalapeno peppers
  • OR -- use the following ingredients in any combination you see fit:
  • garlic
  • green onions
  • chives
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • fresh mint
  • fresh oregano
  • fresh cilantro
  • whole peppercorns
  • lemon zest
  • lime zest
  • orange zest
  • grapefruit zest
  • orange zest
  • chile peppers
  • fresh tarragon
  • bay leaves

Directions

  1. The process is simple. Cut your ingredients to a size that will be completely submerged in the liquid. Put ingredients into clean bottles and pour red or white wine vinegar over them. Cap the bottles and store in a cool dark place for at least three weeks. If you don't have that much time, you can speed the process up somewhat by heating the vinegar till it's lukewarm and pouring it over ingredients that have been chopped or crushed. Store this in a cool dry place for at least ten days, then strain and discard the chopped or crushed ingredients from the vinegar. Return the vinegar to a cleaned bottle and add new "whole" ingredients.

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