Infuse Vinegar at Home

Bright vinegars, infused at home, add dazzle to food. They make great gifts, too!

| September/October 2017

  • Homemade, infused vinegar can make a great gift — even better with a fresh version of your flavoring ingredient added!
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Infused vinegars add dazzle to food. They make great gifts, too. To give your infused vinegars as a gift, be sure to add fresh versions of your flavoring ingredients so their colors will be nice and bright.

1. Wash a glass canning jar and its lid in hot, soapy water. Rinse, and leave the jar in hot water until all ingredients are ready. Clean and prepare infusion ingredients.

2. Heat vinegar in a saucepan to just below 160 degrees. Turn off heat.

3. Remove canning jar from water, drain it and pack in infusion ingredients. Pour in hot vinegar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Place a small piece of wax paper or plastic wrap over the top to prevent vinegar from corroding metal, then screw on lid.

4. Store jar at room temperature for up to a month, shaking occasionally. You may open the vinegar to test it periodically. When you like the flavor, strain out the infusion ingredients.

5. You can store the infused vinegar in the same canning jar, but ideally vinegar should be stored in a narrow-neck bottle with a tight seal to prevent oxidation.

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