Sunday, December 22, 2013

Herb-Infused Vinegars

Here we are just a couple of days from Christmas.  The trees are trimmed, the snacks are baked, and presents are wrapped.

Are you ready?

I thought so.... You forgot your sister-in-law, aunt, 5th cousin twice removed, or, gulp, your mother-in-law.
Totally feeling you here!

I have a couple of quick and inexpensive gift ideas that will save the day for you!  I'll share one today and one tomorrow and you'll be all set for Christmas morning!


First up?
Herb Infused Vinegars that you can make yourself.

Easy peasy, versitile, perfectly lovely for all occasions, not just Christmas.

All you need is bottles with rubber seals for the mixture, assorted fresh herbs, garlic, dried peppers (if your fortunate enough to find them!), and vinegar.

I found these bottles at Ingles Market, but TJ Maxx had some really great ones as well!

Bring your vinegar to a boil over medium high heat.
While waiting for the vinegar to boil, pick which herbs you would like to combine for flavoring your vinegar and add to the jars.  I used rosemary & garlic; tarragon, oregano, chives & garlic; dill & chives for my flavors.

And just a quick note, your garlic may take one bluish hue.  It is a natural reaction to the vinegar  and doesn't alter the flavor at all!


After adding the fresh herbs, using a funnel, slowly pour the hot vinegar into the bottle, completely covering the herbs.

Be careful when you pour the vinegar because it will pop & burn you!



After you have filled each bottle & seal.  These don't have to be processed in a hot water bath, generally they will seal up because of the heat from vinegar.

You want to store these in a cool, dark space (a pantry or something)  for about 10 days to allow time for the flavors to infuse.  If you are making these last minute like me, just let the recipient know that they need to sit a few days.


Add ribbon, tags and voila .... it's an easy gift to give!


These flavored vinegars are great for marinades, salad dressings or just drizzling over fresh steamed veggies.

They also make great hostess gifts for Christmas or New Year's parties, or any other time of the year!


Tomorrow I will share another super easy (and quick to assemble) culinary gift; seasoned finishing salts.

I hope you will stop back by!


1 comment:

  1. What a pretty gift! I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

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