Saturday, May 19, 2012

DIY Infused Vinegars

Forget about going to a specialty store and shelling out big money for a fancy infused vinegar.  It is so easy to do right at home.  All you need is, the obvious, vinegar and a few other ingredients that you have right in your kitchen.  You can use these vinegars for everything from cleaning and laundry boosters to flavor additions to your salad or even marinades!  There are so many combinations of what you can add into your vinegar, it's really just a matter of preference.  Here are some of my favorites!

*For all these vinegars allow to sit for at least 2 weeks.  To speed up the infusion process place over low heat and allow to steep for the flavors to infuse.  Once cool, place in a sterile jar.

All Purpose Citrus Vinegar
Good for a laundry booster, all purpose cleaner and window cleaner
  • Large jar of white vinegar
  • Citrus peels (lemons, oranges, grapefruit)
I keep 2 jars under the kitchen sink, one that's "brewing" and one that's ready to use!

Herb Infused Vinegar
This is good for eliminating odors, glass cleaner and is delicious to use on salad or drizzled over steak.
This one would even be great added to olive oil to dip bread :)
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup mixed herbs (I use basil and chives but use your favorite)
Jalapeno & Garlic Vinegar
Excellent in homemade salsa, drizzled over tacos or for an added kick to your salad.
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic split and peeled
Strawberry Vinegar
Use a splash of this vinegar over a fruit salad for an added zip. 
  • 1 pint strawberries, diced small
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbl sugar

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