Herbs in the Pantry: Red Wine Vinegar

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stration by Peggy Turchette
You can find flavored vinegar ingredients, such as dried herbs, garlic, peppercorns or mustard seeds, right in your pantry or spice rack.

<p>• 2 whole, peeled garlic cloves<br />
• 4 whole, dried bay leaves<br />
• 3 tablespoons dried rosemary<br />
• 1 tablespoon dried oregano<br />
• 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes<br />
• 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns<br />
• 4 cups red wine vinegar</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>3. Use in meat marinades, salad dressings and sauces.</p>
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<em>Theresa Loe is always creating new herbal recipes and crafts for her annual calendar,</em> The Herbal Calendar <em>(Tide-Mark Press). It is illustrated by Peggy Turchette, who also illustrated this column.</em>
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