Herb Vinegars???

I have infused herbs into olive oil as gifts before but I have never made herb vinegars.  I like the thought of it….gonna have to give it a try.  Great gift idea for Christmas.

One of the simplest recipes for using herbs is this 19th-century hint for making flavored vinegar: Pour plain vinegar over herbs in a bottle and let it sit for a month or so. What could be easier?

See more about homemade vinegars in our “Great Gifts from the Kitchen” article.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh herbs (basil, tarragon or thyme, for example)
  • 1 quart vinegar

Instructions:

  • Place herbs in a clean quart jar.
  • Heat vinegar just to the boiling point.
  • Pour heated vinegar over the herbs, filling the jar to the top.
  • Seal and store in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks for the fullest flavor. Strain the vinegar into 2 pint bottles and add a fresh sprig of the herb. (Use decorative bottles if you’re planning to give these as gifts.)

You can use a single herb in plain white vinegar, or try a medley of herbs in other vinegars. Here are a few suggestions to get you started, but feel free to experiment and invent your own blends:

–white vinegar with tarragon leaves, basil leaves, and peeled shallots

–sherry vinegar with fresh rosemary leaves, minced horseradish, or chopped dried chilies

–red wine vinegar with sage, parsley, and shallots

http://www.almanac.com/recipe/herb-vinegar

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