Basic Herbal Vinegar Recipe

August 25, 2016

Preparation

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.

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Ingredients

Basic Herbal Vinegar
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup freshly picked herbs, berries, edible flowers, veggies or fruits.
Tarragon Vinegar
  • 1 cup of fresh tarragon, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups vinegar
Lemon Mint Vinegar
  • ½ cup lemon peel
  • ½ cup total fresh peppermint, spearmint or apple mint, washed and dried
  • 2 cups vinegar
Parsley and Black Peppercorn Vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 2 cups vinegar
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme Vinegar
  • 1 cup of fresh herbs
  • 2 cups vinegar
Summer Harvest Vinegar
  • 1 cup total basil, summer savory, thyme, tarragon, oregano, dill, garlic and lemon balm
  • 2 cups vinegar
Thai Blend Vinegar
  • 4 small red chili peppers
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 stem fresh borage flowers
  • 2 cups red or white vinegar
Basic Herbal Dressing
  • 3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup herbal vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon organic sugar
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