I made my first herbal vinegar last year, and have been making it and using it every chance I get. You can grow your own herbs or use bundles of herbs from your local grocery store. I have done both, and the results are wonderful. Last year I gave gifts baskets with homemade treats, herbal vinegars and recipes. They were a big success! Just follow the easy steps to create your own vinegars.
- Basil, thyme and oregano
- nasturiums, garlic clove and chives-turns a wonderful color!
- cilantro, chives, a dried pepper, garlic-spicy!
- thyme alone
- sage, thyme, and basil
- Use your imagination!
The above combinations are ones I have tried. Once you create your own,you will think of different combinations to experiment with. Each one is unique in taste, and you will find different uses. Dill is one herb you need to use sparingly because it is so strong.
Supplies and Ingredients
clean glass or plastic jar w/lid
white distilled vinegar or cider vinegar
your selection of herbs
Now Create! Rinse and pat dry your herbs, gently stuff them in the jar up to the top. Pour your vinegar over the herbs, filling to the very top. Place the lid on tight, and set on your windowsill for approximately 4 weeks. Shake gently once a day as you pass by the windowsill. After a month, strain out the herbs and place in your cupboard until you need it!
Using Herbal Vinegar
Now what do you do with your vinegar? Here are some suggestions!
Replace the plain vinegar in any recipe-especially dressings.
Use 1/2 water, and 1/2 vinegar to baste your meat as you grill it.
Drizzle over a beef roast after placing in the crock pot (I place in baby carrots and potatoes also).
Comments and tips
I buy white vinegar by the gallon for about $2.00. I've received a lot of compliments on the taste. Feel free to use the more expensive vinegar if your budget allows.
I use any glass or plastic jars that I come across-dressing jars, pickle jars or anything that can be washed! Later, for gifts, I use nicer bottles.
Use raffia to tie a bow around your bottle, and attach a homemade gift tag. Raffia is inexpensive and available from most craft stores.
Please try the vinegar just once and you will be amazed at how easy it is. The herb vinegars are so expensive in the store, but creating your own will cost you almost nothing!
About the author:
Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer, wife and mom to three living in the Midwest. She is also editor of http://oldfashionedliving.com, where you will find articles on gardening, herbs, crafts and other old fashioned topics.