Basic Herbal Vinegar
Slightly bruise herbs with the back of a wooden spoon, or pinch, to release oils.
Pack herbs into a clean, dry glass bottle or jar. Pour vinegar over herbs and cover with a non-metal lid. Make sure vinegar covers herbs, flowers or berries to avoid the development of mold.
Let mixture steep in a cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks. Shake your creation every few days, tasting as you go along. Once the flavor is to your liking, strain out the herbs with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Do not use a metal strainer.
After straining, use a funnel to pour your new herbal vinegar into a clean, dry glass bottle.
Add a fresh sprig or two of herbs, edible flowers, fruits or vegetables for decoration.
Seal the bottle, and if you like, adorn with wax or ribbon.
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Follow the basic recipe above with the combinations below to create delicious herbal vinegars.
Basic Herbal Dressing
Combine in a glass jar with a secure top and shake until well blended.