You can find flavored vinegar ingredients, such as dried herbs, garlic, peppercorns or mustard seeds, right in your pantry or spice rack.
• 12 ounces frozen raspberries
• 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena
• 1 3-inch strip of orange zest
• 6 whole allspice berries
• 4 cups rice wine vinegar
1. Place all ingredients except vinegar in a large, clean glass jar. Heat vinegar in a noncorrosive pan (enamel, stainless steel or glass) until almost boiling. Pour heated vinegar into the jar and stir mixture with a wooden spoon. Cover with a tight lid or plastic wrap secured with a rubber band. Place jar on the counter for 3 or more weeks, shaking occasionally to mix ingredients.
2. When mixture has reached desired flavor intensity, strain through several layers of cheesecloth to remove any large bits. Strain the mixture again through coffee filters to achieve a crystal clear vinegar. Pour finished vinegar into clean, glass bottles and cork tightly. Label and use within 6 months for best flavor.
3. Use in salad recipes, beverages and sauces, or with fruits or vegetables.
Theresa Loe is always creating new herbal recipes and crafts for her annual calendar, The Herbal Calendar (Tide-Mark Press). It is illustrated by Peggy Turchette, who also illustrated this column.
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