Herb infused vinegars are easy to make but they pack a big punch in the kitchen. Make them by simply pouring vinegar over a big handful of fresh herbs and letting it steep. Choose apple cider, white wine, white balsamic, and other good quality vinegars as your base. Simple white vinegar will be difficult to improve much no matter how many herbs you pack in.
It’s best to make your initial infusion in a large Mason jar then strain out the herbs when pouring into a sterilized vinegar bottle. The herbs will start to flavor the vinegar in just 24 hours, but it will become more prominent after a few weeks. Let your sense of taste be your guide when determining if it is ready or not.
Feel free to add a few herbs to the bottles to give it that homemade look, but they are best strained out after a month or so to prevent spoiling. However, once infused vinegars start getting used as salad dressing and bread dip, I’m sure it won’t last that long!
You can pack really any herb that you want into the infusion. Some of the combinations that I love are:
Parsley, Rosemary & Sage
Pack a handful of with parsley, rosemary & sage in a jar with ½ rice vinegar and ½ white wine vinegar for a rich flavored vinegar that’s a bit sweet and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
Fennel & Citrus
Add fresh fennel or crushed fennel seeds with the zest of one lemon, lime, and orange to apple cider vinegar. This bright and fruity combination pairs well with a spinach salad filled with mandarin slices and toasted almonds.
Tarragon & Garlic
Fresh tarragon sprigs and garlic cloves are all that is needed to make this fine vinegar usually reserved for gourmet grocery store shelves. Use a delicate white wine vinegar to ensure the sweet but earthy tarragon flavour has a chance to shine.
Once you have created your infused delights, pour into bottles with a spout and cap and package in wine boxes.
I used the Rustic labels for this project because they remind me of the Tuscan countryside. What a perfect match to label bottles of my Homegrown Herb Infused Vinegars. Wrapped up in matching boxes they look even better than the vinegars from the gourmet grocery!
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